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Steve Kerr: Russell Westbrook flops. Jamal Crawford flops six times per game. Why fine Stephen Curry?

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Ezra Shaw

Stephen Curry got fined $5,000 for flopping in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

What did Warriors coach Steve Kerr think?

Kerr, via Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:

“I am morally outraged,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, with only the tiniest scintilla of jest, after practice Wednesday.

“These plays happen every day,” he added. “I don’t think a game goes by where (Clippers guard) Jamal Crawford doesn’t flop six times on his 3-point shots. It’s part of the game. And I don’t blame him for doing it because a lot of times the refs call it. (Thunder guard) Russell Westbrook does it. Everybody does it. So all of a sudden just randomly to fine Steph just seems kind of strange.”

Kerr makes a good point. The NBA’s flopping fines seem arbitrary, and that’s problematic. How Draymond Green avoided a fine for this is beyond me.

But flopping is bad for the game, and the league should eradicate as best as reasonably possible. Other players flopping doesn’t excuse any flop.

However, I’m hardly convinced Curry flopped – and he defends himself.

Curry, via ESPN:

“Yeah, I don’t agree with it,” Curry said at practice. “I watched the play over and, transition play, so obviously balance is not very good in that situation.”

Curry’s response resonates more with me than Kerr’s

In many cases, the NBA seems to suppose players have perfect balance. It’s unreasonable for the league to just take players at their word, because players will claim they unintentionally fell regardless of their true intent.

But it sure looked like Curry was just off-balance here.