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Chris Paul, Tyreke Evans get flopping warnings from league

Mar 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

Since the calender turned to 2013, the NBA had issued only four flopping warnings, something pointed out by Beckley Mason at TrueHoop. You’d like to say that the league early season push to reform behavior had an impact on the incidents of flopping (I’m sure it did have some), but often when the league pushes a particular rule early in the season they relax enforcement as the season moves on. The water finds its level.

Which is bad when it comes to flopping — that became a big issue in the playoffs last year. As we get closer to the playoffs the incidents and attempts by players are going to go up — there is more on the line, which means guys will push the limits of what they can get away with.

Thursday the league cracked down on two flopping incidents with warnings (the first violation for each player). Both are from the same game. First is Chris Paul in the video above, with what is my favorite flop of the year. CP3 is one of the league’s most notorious floppers and this was a particularly egregious attempt to draw a foul on DeMarcus Cousins.

The other is from Tyreke Evans (video below). After Matt Barnes blows the uncontested layup Evans gets the rebound and while there is a little contact Evans sells it like there was a sniper in the third row. It works, he got the foul call (from the referee on the other side of the play, shielded from the acting.

What Evans did is what we will see a lot of in the playoffs — guys are willing to risk a lot for free throws when the games really matter. The league has to be on this.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    CP3 flop embarrassed him self bad!!!

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

      he pooped his pants on that one.

  2. rickyspanish - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    I just picked up a copy of NBA 2k13 and did the tutorial, they put in a flop move. A flop move in a video game! Flopping is out of control and I appreciate the league trying to get rid of it. I’m not a fan of Chris Paul, but he is such a good player he doesn’t need to pull that kind of garbage.

  3. savvybynature - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    CP3, doing his part to make sure “Lob City” will be known by most fans as “Flop City” instead. That was a good one, but still doesn’t compare with Blake Griffin’s self-flop from last season. That was classic.

    And lol @ Matt Barnes blowing an uncontested layup and then getting called for a phantom foul. That really sucks! I would be ashamed, embarassed and pissed all at the same time.

  4. sun602 - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Chris Paul: “We call that sonnin'”

  5. khard1250 - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    While I don’t condone flopping, I’m not convinced what Evans did should be considered flopping. In the last replay you can see that he was heading towards the scorer’s table sidelines when Barnes hits him in between the numbers with his shoulder. Not exactly a pat on the back.

  6. kingbeason52 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Chris Paul flopped when opening the letter..

  7. xLith - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    CP3, c’mon man!

  8. lucifershuttlesworth - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    I’m still alright with Cliff Paul but Chris is looking more like a little biatch all the time.

  9. spthegr8 - Mar 21, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Cp3 is LONG over due!!! How Blake hasn’t gotten a warning yet is a TRUE head scratcher!! I mean do they watch him play?????

  10. sweetnlow44 - Mar 22, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    How has CP3 made it this far into the season and is just now getting a warning? With as much as he flops, he should be losing money this year. What a joke.

  11. 24thesho - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    The CP3 acting was 2 weak.

  12. 24thesho - Mar 22, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    The Evans play was not a flop.

  13. byrdstheword82 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    CP3’s was the best flop ever! LOL! Evans wasn’t even a flop, dude ran into Barnes. How did Barnes miss that wide open layup?

  14. kavika6 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    So the biggest flopper in the league finally got a warning? It’s about time.

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