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Marcus Smart receives warning from NBA for flopping

12.07.16 at 3:40 pm ET
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Marcus Smart may only be 22, but he’s starting to develop a reputation around the NBA — and it’s not just for his sound defensive abilities.

Smart has become renowned across the league for his seemingly incessant flopping, and the NBA is trying to put a stop to it, giving him a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule.

The flop came on the final play of Monday night’s loss to the Rockets. As Al Horford drove to the basket and missed a would-be game-winning layup, Smart flailed onto the baseline from under the basket as if he had been forcefully shoved by either Trevor Ariza or James Harden.

The move drew the ire of many, and for good reason.

The rebound off the missed finger roll was grabbed by 6-foot-5 James Harden. Smart, standing at 6-foot-4, could have conceivably grabbed a put-back had he not flopped.

Smart has a history with not just flopping, but untimely flopping as well — most notably one in the 2016 postseason. 

There was one against the Jazz in February 2016. Mere days earlier, he laid out a hard flop that Carmelo Anthony’s turnaround jumper hit the top of the backboard.

It didn’t take long for this to become a trend for Smart, either. This one was from Smart’s third game of his NBA career on November 4, 2014. It initially looks like a nasty shot, but the melodrama becomes more apparent out with a slow-motion replay.

Smart won’t receive any punishment at this point, but could possibly serve as a wakeup call to be more cognizant of an aspect of the game the league is attempting to crack down on.

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