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Patrick Beverley fined $5,000 for violating NBA’s anti-flopping rules

Patrick Beverley, Clippers

Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley has been fined $5,000 by the NBA for violating the anti-flopping rule for the second time this season.

Beverley received a warning for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule on Thursday for flopping against the Boston Celtics. The Clippers guard flopped again on Friday versus the Houston Rockets:

The Clippers defeated the Rockets on Friday at home. Clippers star Kawhi Leonard hit the game-winning shot.

Beverley really needs to stop flopping. Clippers fans don’t need Beverley to turn into the next Marcus Smart. A little less flopping and more tenacious defense from Beverley moving forward would be nice.

Now that Leonard and Paul George are playing together, LA has three elite perimeter defenders in Kawhi, PG-13, and Beverley. The Clippers currently have the 10th-best defense in the NBA. They are giving up 107.2 points per night. Expect that number to drop with George back in the lineup.

For the first time in franchise history, the Clippers are legitimate title contenders with Leonard and George leading the way. Beverley is averaging 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists on the season while shooting 36.7 percent from the field, 24.2 percent from beyond the arc and 57.9 percent from the free-throw line.

LA is 11-5 on the season after defeating the Rockets. They are in the third spot in the Western Conference standings.