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Kevin Love among four NBA players to get flop warning

Nov 4, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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Kevin Love is leading the league in points per game (29.7), second in rebounds per game (14.7) and so he wanted to be one of the first to get a flopping warning from the league also.

Well, congratulations, you’ve done it.

Love was one of four players to get a flopping warning from the league on Monday. The others were Love’s teammate Corey Brewer, Patty Mills of the Spurs and the Bucks’ Zaza Pachulia.

Love’s came in the third quarter against the Knicks. He had the ball out by the three point line and Kevin Martin came around him, using Love as a screen. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. was on Martin and ran into Love, and the much larger Love went down pretty easily.

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Brewer’s flop came in the fourth quarter of the same game, when he tried to follow his man Carmelo Anthony, went too low and Tyson Chandler set a screen that was giving Anthony an open look. Not able to contest the shot, Brewer ran into Chandler and tried to sell the foul as he acted like he ran into a brick wall.

Mills’ flop was Friday against the Lakers. He rotated over to just outside the restricted area as the Lakers’ Jordan Hill went up for a shot, and when touched he went down. Honestly, I could go either way on this one, it didn’t strike me as that big an embellishment, at least compared to the first two here.

Pachulia’s flop came Friday against Boston. He was standing near the elbow on defense waiting for his man Jared Sullinger to come down, and when Sullinger touched him Pachulia fell like a car hit him. It was a flop — it also worked, he got the offensive foul call.

The first time a player is deemed to flop by the league he gets a warning, the second time it is a $5,000 fine and the fines go up from there by $5,000 increments. We saw last year this was largely ineffective but the league decided to stick with the same plan that wasn’t working this year. Expect more of these warnings and some fines to come. Not that it changes anything.

  1. cbking05 - Nov 4, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I curl my toes then flop … without warning

  2. ProBasketballPundit - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Zaza’s flop warning is the one that made me happiest because he did what I call the “Statue defense” where you plant your feet like they were cemented into the ground and fall straight over at the slightest contact. These are grown men… they shouldn’t be falling over period. Not unless it’s incredibly clear why they fell over.

  3. allday420ap - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Basketball is full of diver, floppers, liars. Kevin is far from any of those.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      He’s also a whiner.

  4. nygrwy - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I dont know how non flopping players have the patience to deal with it. I would fire the ball at there head and tell them to play them game with dignity and not make a mochary out of it. It would be worth the tech and the fine.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      “non flopping players” – there is no such thing. It’s only about degrees of transparency.

  5. jerdogthompson - Nov 4, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    So much for CP3 & BG being the league floppers! Nice to see the league taking notice on how evenly spread out the issue is.

  6. bbk1000 - Nov 5, 2013 at 5:33 AM

    LeBron must have, what, 20, perhaps 30 of these warning this year?

  7. marcusfitzhugh - Nov 5, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Can you imagine flopping during a pickup game at a local park? Some cat plants his feet, falls over, and gets dunked on. Does he get the call? No, he’s not getting the call! He can man up and play D or go home.

    I miss the Larry Johnson years, when we could literally watch Grandmama knock a defender over and plant his foot on the defender’s face as he goes up for the dunk.

  8. peterjohnjoseph - Nov 6, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Zaza flopped more than once in that game. The one where Sullenger tapped him was hilarious at first, but it got a little annoying after the 2nd and 3rd time. He made Kelly Olynyk look like the strongest member of the Celtics, and then got up looking like he was outraged. I was waiting for an article about it that night with .gifs.

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