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FILE - In this file photo taken June 8, 2014, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) shoots against the Miami Heat during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade became the latest recipient of a flopping fine from the NBA on Monday, June 9 ordered to give up $5,000 after the league found he over-exaggerated a foul charged to San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in Game 2 of the finals. The foul was Ginobili's third of the half, sending him to the bench. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
FILE - In this file photo from June 8, 2014, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and Chris Bosh celebrate after Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Miami won 98-96. Wade became the latest recipient of a flopping fine from the NBA on Monday, June 9 ordered to give up $5,000 after the league found he over-exaggerated a foul charged to San Antonio's Manu Ginobili in Game 2 of the finals. The foul was Ginobili's third of the half, sending him to the bench. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) and forward Kawhi Leonard, right, during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 98-96. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard strips the ball from Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 98-96. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, left, goes down after being fouled as Tim Duncan, right, reacts against the Miami Heat during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 98-96. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots as Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) defends during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Larry W. Smith, pool)
Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, left, go after the ball during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Larry W. Smith, pool)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots against the Miami Heat during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Larry W. Smith, pool)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, left, checks on guard Tony Parker during the second half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the Miami Heat on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. Miami won 98-96. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli (3) passes behind Miami Heat forward Chris Andersen (11) during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James pauses between plays against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) struggles under the basket against San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Larry W. Smith, pool)
Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) helps San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) off the floor during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) appeals to an official during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots over San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) dunks as Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) and forward Rashard Lewis (9) look on during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) appeals to an official during the first half in Game 2 of the NBA basketball finals against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 8: Rashard Lewis #9 of the Miami Heat shoots the ball against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 8: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs battles Rashard Lewis #9 of the Miami Heat for a rebound in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 8: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat drives around Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 8: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is wrapped up while shooting by Kawhi Leonard #2 and Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 8: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat (C) and his teammates watch the video board as they play the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - JUNE 8: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat hits the floor after shooting the ball against the San Antonio Spurs in Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center on June 8, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)
The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat prepare for the beginning of Game 2 at the NBA basketball finals on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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By TIM REYNOLDS

MIAMI (AP) -- The flop is having an impact on the playoffs, and it's being caught much more than it was in the regular season.

Miami guard Dwyane Wade became the latest recipient of a postseason flopping fine Monday when the NBA ordered him to give up $5,000 after a review showed he over-exaggerated a foul during Game 2 of the finals that was charged to San Antonio's Manu Ginobili.

And there's an ironic twist - Ginobili is often considered a master flopper, but he wasn't even warned once about it this season.

"He took a swipe and he hit me," Wade said Monday, before the fine was announced. "It was a late call by the ref, but he called it."

The league saw it a little differently.

It was the fifth flopping violation of the playoffs, which works out to one in every 17.2 games. The NBA said 35 flops were caught in the regular season, or one in every 35.1 games. Players are not fined in the regular season until their second flop of the year; in the playoffs, every flop is a fine.

"Flopping," Miami guard Shane Battier once said, "is a silent killer."

Well, unless it works.

Wade drew the foul against Ginobili with 4:09 left in the second quarter on Sunday night. Ginobili, who took a big swipe at the ball about 35 feet from the basket, wound up going to the bench with his third foul of the half. Wade went to the line and made the two resulting free throws, since Miami was already in the bonus.

The Heat wound up winning by two points.

"I saw Manu coming out of the corner of my eye to try to steal it so my only thing was to make sure that he didn't steal it," Wade said. "He swiped and he wound up hitting me and the ref called a foul. We move on."

The Heat-Spurs match up is tied 1-1, with Game 3 in Miami on Tuesday night.

Some of the flops in the playoffs have been almost circus-like acting jobs, including a pair by Indiana guard Lance Stephenson - the official league wide leader in flopping this season with two violations in the regular season and two more in the postseason. He's had to pay $20,000 for those flops, or basically about 2 percent of his season's salary.

For Wade, who's made nearly $19 million in salary this season, the $5,000 was mere pocket change. And situations like that were pointed out last year by now-retired NBA Commissioner David Stern, who said the small fine "isn't enough. You're not going to cause somebody to stop it for $5,000 when the average player's salary is $5.5 million."

Stern added then that anyone who thought the fine would stop the flop is allowing "hope to prevail over reason." So it would be no surprise if tougher flopping penalties were at least discussed when the NBA's competition committee when that group meets this summer.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he's not surprised that the rate goes up in the playoffs, saying Monday that it could be as simple a reason as "more people in the league office watching each possession."

Besides Stephenson and Wade, the other postseason flop fines have been assessed to Indiana's Roy Hibbert and the Spurs' Tiago Splitter. All of those flops were cited in the conference-final round or later.

Indiana's season ended with a third straight playoff loss to the Heat. And not surprisingly, it wouldn't seem like the Pacers are rooting for their conference member this time of year - a media relations official from East finalists tweeted shortly after the Wade-Ginobili play Sunday that the Heat guard deserved a flopping fine and even made what seemed like a lighthearted plea to the league:

"C'mon NBA, do it for Lance."

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