The Portland Trail Blazers have had some bad luck recently with referees, but at least the refs didn't fall for Buddy Hield's egregious flop at the end of the Blazers vs. Sacramento Kings game on Thursday night.
With 2.7 seconds left on the clock and Portland leading by two, Damian Lillard was at the line with two free throw attempts and a chance to put the game out of reach.
That's when Hield sprang into action. When Carmelo Anthony came over to stand next to him and prepare to defend Hield, the Kings shooting guard went sprawling to the ground in an attempt to draw a foul. It was a clear flop, and referee Tyler Ford refused to blow his whistle on the play.
Here's a look at Hield's move, courtesy of the NBC Sports Northwest Twitter account.
Nice try, Buddy. But that's not going to work.
On Friday, Hield was warned by the NBA for it.
The NBA won't be so nice next time. If caught flopping again, Hield will be fined $5,000 for their first flopping offense, $10,000 for a second, $15,000 for a third, and $30,000 for a fourth.
It was a strategy worth trying, though. After all, Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors got away with a massive flop against Anthony just a day earlier.
I mean, c'mon, man.
The Blazers ended up winning both of these games, so it just goes to show that it doesn't pay to flop.