Timberwolves’ Brewer fined $5,000 for flopping

Minnesota Timberwolves small forward Corey Brewer has been fined

$5,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules

for the second time this season.

The punishment was levied on Monday.

The incident occurred late in the first quarter of Minnesota’s

103-82 loss to Miami on Saturday. Brewer was jockeying for

rebounding position with Heat star LeBron James. After James bumped

Brewer off the block, Brewer flailed his arms and thrust his body

toward the free-throw line to act like he’d been pushed hard.

Brewer was warned by the NBA last month for flopping. The league

instituted a crackdown on the practice prior to last season.

He’s only the second player to receive a fine as James Harden

was fined last month.