Flopping Rumors

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At one point during the Warriors’ easy win over the Clippers on Sunday, Glen Davis flopped (and flopped hard) after receiving a slight bit of contact in the chin from Leandro Barbosa. The announcers laughed at the replay, because it was just so ridiculous. But perhaps an even greater embarrassment came a couple of days later, when Barbosa tweeted the clip of the flop himself.
P.J. Hairston scored 11 points in the Hornets’ loss to the visiting Spurs on Wednesday night. Hairston gave it everything he had in his 21 minutes of action, including this incredible flop where he drew slight contact from Tony Parker at the free throw line and threw his body backwards like he had been shot in the stomach with a cannonball. Hairston ended up sliding into the feet of Gregg Popovich while Danny Green hit a wide-open three-pointer.
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Faried flopped to the ground, and the two had to be separated by teammates. In his post game press conference, Coach Stotts said he didn’t know if the play was dirty or not, but understood why his point guard was upset. “That was a tough screen. I just quickly saw the replay, so I’m not sure if it was a dirty play. I just know that you can’t set a blind screen. You know, he was setting a screen, Steve didn’t see it coming, so I think it had more of an effect than maybe the intent.”
After getting a flopping warning in the previous game against Miami, Tucker was fined by the league for flopping in Tuesday night’s game at Denver when Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried fouled him from behind on a rebound. Tucker stumbled into the stanchion without much of a shove in the back. Tucker said he “fell kind of funny” and “sold it a little bit” but was definitely pushed. “I’m still going to play like I play,” Tucker said. “It ain’t going to change nothing. “Me getting fined $5,000 for flopping is something that couldn’t be so opposite of how I play. It’s more the implication that I’m a flopper. I think that bothers me more than the actual fine.”