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Heat's Chalmers fined for flopping

LOS ANGELES -- Mario Chalmers' travails with the NBA's league office continue.

Already on notice that his next flagrant foul will result in a suspension, the Miami Heat point guard on Thursday was cited for his second flopping violation of the season, which resulted in a $5,000 fine.

Chalmers' theatrics came with 5:54 remaining in the third quarter of the Heat's 116-112 victory Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center.

Chalmers was caught in a switch against Clippers forward Blake Griffin on the play in question, jerking back violently after the slightest contact from the forearm of Griffin, who was called for a foul on the play.

Chalmers previously received a warning from the NBA for a flopping violation on Jan. 20 against the Atlanta Hawks.

Under NBA policy, a first flopping violation results in a warning, with a $5,000 fine for the second, a $10,000 fine for the third and a $15,000 fine for the fourth. A fifth violation in a season is a $30,000 fine, with the sixth opening the door for a possible suspension.

Per the NBA's guidelines, "Players may not commit any physical act that, following review, reasonably appears to be intended to cause the game officials to call a foul on another player."

Chalmers already is at five points in the NBA's flagrant-foul system, with his next flagrant foul resulting in a suspension.

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