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Tony Allen flops on flagrant foul from Manu Ginobili that helped Grizzlies force overtime in Game 2 (VIDEO)

May 22, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

Late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Spurs and the Grizzlies, San Antonio was clinging to a four-point lead with under 30 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili was double-teamed by Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, and lost the ball to Randolph, who flipped it ahead to Allen for what was sure to be a layup that would have cut the lead to two.

Ginobili caught up with Allen, and did the right thing by committing a foul to make sure that the points would have to be earned at the free throw line. What Allen did following the foul was disgraceful, and may have helped the referees decide to rule it as a flagrant foul, which comes with it possession of the ball after the two free throw attempts.

As soon as Allen hits the deck, he lays on his back for a brief moment, before clutching his head and rolling around as though he were just shot. Replays show that neither his head nor his neck hit any part of the floor during the fall, and this was a clear acting job to try to sell the foul as being harder than it actually was.

The referees reviewed the play and upheld the flagrant foul call. The result was Allen sinking both free throws, and on the following possession which was awarded because of the flagrant, Mike Conley scored what turned out to be the final points of regulation with 18 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

It’s worth noting that this might have been ruled a flagrant foul even without Allen’s intentional exaggeration of the contact. Ginobili grabbed Allen’s off arm and pulled him to the floor, which the referees very well may have determined to be excessive in that situation. His flop after the fact certainly didn’t hurt his chances, although it would be nice to see the league recognize this for what it was and give him a fine for his actions.

The Grizzlies were just 2-of-12 from the field in the overtime session, and the Spurs got the 93-89 win to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

  1. millerje1962 - May 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    This crap needs to stop, not good for the product. Fans are falling off, Stern need to leave early and get someone in charge with huevos. CP3 is the worst.

    • mannyfresh209 - May 22, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      if people were turned off by flopping, moreso than all the other great aspects of the sport in question, i’d highly suspect that soccer would’ve no longer been the most popular sport in the WORLD by now.

      just some logical thinking on my part. could be wrong, of course.

  2. joeksnuffy - May 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    This was NOT a flop. He did not fall down on purpose. What he did do was fake a head injury. But, the fall was genuine. This was unquestionably a flagrant in my mind. He’s up in the air and Ginobli, one of the biggest floppers of all time, pulls his arm down hard. This is very dangerous and was clearly intentional. This was the right call. San Antonio gets so many calls from flopping and faking contact, especially Ginobli, that they have no grounds for complaing (but they still do). Too bad they won the game.

  3. mannyfresh209 - May 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    flop? sheesh you guys are ruthless.

    as a former professional athlete in every major american sport, i can tell you first hand that this was definitely not a flop. he most likely received instant-come-instant-go whiplash and/or a brainfreeze from the g-forces/wind current at which ginobli dragged him to the ground….if it’s the whiplash, then you know it comes in a flash, and is gone within seconds. in some situations, it may last minutes, but that is very rare.

    stop getting on tony allen so much, this was definitely not a flop….why can’t we be sympathic to those that work hard for their money and get injured on the job?

  4. kae0923 - May 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    If they ejected players for flopping the Spurs would lose by forfeit

  5. shwoogy1 - May 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    I’ve seen Lafraud James do the same thing before. The Heat are easily the biggest floppers in the NBA. And they get every call. It makes me ( and others) not want to watch this garbage. I am glad that they at least acknowledged it and started fining people but I have only seen a couple fines handed out so far. It needs to be ramped up and hit these guys hard at their wallets.

    • mannyfresh209 - May 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      in the words of paulie shore on “incino man”: SHOOOOOOOOSH

  6. bmore82 - May 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    It was a hard playoff foul. Was it a flagrant maybe but he definitely flopped and this is not the first time. Anyone remember the horrible elbow he caught in the face from Gordon Hayward? The elbow was a good foot away, he steps back looks around for a bit and then falls clutching his face. This needs to be taken into account when the league looks at the replay. I do believe he should be fined.

  7. mjrredjd - May 22, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Any flopping or faking (which Allen did) is a secondary issue. What is happening to the NBA? Ginobli did what anyone who has played basketball for any amount of time has been taught to do. Make the player earn the points at the free throw line. You have to make sure the player does not also make the lay-up for a three point play. Look, these NBA players are so strong, just slapping the arm does nothing. You have to hold the arm down, and make sure there is no chance of a finish and one. That was not a flagrant foul ANYWHERE. Not in high school, college or international play. It certainly should not be in the NBA. It was not an excessively hard foul, and anyone who says otherwise does not know anything about basketball. Come on! What is the result of this ridiculousity? If I’m an NBA coach, I’m telling my team, “Listen, we just can’t risk the two shots and giving the ball back for a potential four point play. It has a chilling effect on the game. No one wants to watch that brand of basketball. If you do, I give you the WNBA. And frankly, harder fouls than that are committed by the WNBA. If you think otherwise, what kind of wimpy, soft basketball fans are you?! Clearly, you have not played the game.

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