Stephenson definitely has a new excuse as to why he hit the floor so easily, apparently it was slippery.
“I don’t feel like I flopped on that possession, it was very slippery on the floor,” said Stephenson. “When I ran into him, he (Golden State's Klay Thompson) pushed me and I tried to catch my ground and I slipped. I would’ve held my ground if it wasn’t slippery, but it was definitely slippery, so I’m definitely going to fight for that.”
“I’m definitely going to get my money back on that. I wasn’t flopping on that. The other one was a flop, when I ran out of bounds,” Stephenson said, referring to his exaggerated fall on January 7 against the Toronto Raptors which was also deemed a flop by the league, and from which he got his first punishment, a warning.
Well good luck to him, but a slippery floor is hardly the most solid defense when trying to appeal a fine. He best hope that the players union have some really good lawyers.