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Mario Chalmers after being whistled for flagrant on DeMarcus Cousins: ‘He flopped’

Dec 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

When Mario Chalmers wasn’t throwing passes behind his head to LeBron James for ridiculous dunks, he was throwing his weight into DeMarcus Cousins late in Miami’s loss to Sacramento on Friday.

Chalmers picked up a flagrant for body checking Cousins, who went flying to the floor with under a minute and a half remaining in regulation. Afterward, Chalmers seemed to question the legitimacy of Cousins’ physical reaction.

It’s possible that the much smaller Chalmers caught Cousins at an awkward angle and that the fall was legit. More likely, however, is that Cousins exaggerated the contact to try to sell the call.

It probably didn’t hurt his cause that on the previous possession, Cousins fell awkwardly to the floor after what appeared to be an intentional throwdown by James, although replays appeared to show that it was unintentional.

The Kings got the victory by scoring 19 points in the five-minute overtime session against a Heat team that was clearly gassed; Miami sat Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen due to minor injuries.

  1. thenmoveback - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Big ole floppy. But kings out played the heat in the stretch either way. Good game.

  2. antistratfordian - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Heh. Sure, Cousins flopped, but Rio flops all the time. Not only that, but Chalmers has been throwing cheap shots all year – so this could be a genuine cheap shot and a genuine flop. In that case, it’s still a flagrant. In any case, you reap what you sow.

  3. 5xchamp24 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Whether Cousins flopped, or really fell, you can still clearly see the intent from Chalmers. Right before Chalmers hits him, Cousins bumps Cole and Chalmers saw it and wanted to start something. Hes a dirty player, period………..And if you look at when Lebron knocked Cousins to the floor, you can see his arm going in a throwing motion…….I know Wades knee is sore sometimes but Miami thinks it can walk over teams when they sit him. If you notice they never sit him against good teams. So when they play lesser teams without Wade, that team takes it as an insult and plays really well against the Heat

    • kinggw - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      You could see the intent? Really? Teams don’t play hard against the Heat because they sit players, they play hard because they are the two time defending champs. They will always get teams’ best shot regardless of who is on the floor.

      Intent aside it was a flop. You could make the argument that DMC flopped on the possession before that when LeBron supposedly threw him down. He also flopped on the Kings’ last possession of regulation. Can’t fault DMC for his gamesmanship. The refs fell for it and ultimately his team won the game.

      • mvshark - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

        And Miami never flops? What really makes me laugh is that the first foul committed by Queen James where acknowledges that he did commit a foul will be the first….His stare at every official who whistles him for a foul should start being called a tech…

  4. knoxxlive - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    5xchamp24
    Shut up your so wrong

    • southsidegroovin281 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      *You’re

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      At least have the decency to reply directly to his post so they know you called him out.

  5. timb12 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Dang. It looks like they were trying to bait Cousins into a reaction. Good job on maintaining his composure and getting the win.

  6. lordapplebottom - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I’m taking it further southsidegroov…
    “You’re=you are” knoxxlive. Your=something that belongs to the person you’re addressing. Also, when you (knoxxlive or anyone) believe someone is “so wrong” it helps to have a counter point as to why you believe they’re (not there or their) so wrong. Without substance you’re left with,
    Uh ugh.
    Uh huh!
    UH UGH!!!…

  7. somekat - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Did he flop? Probably, could of just been an unexpected shot at a bad angle, but I doubt it

    Was it a flagrant? Definitely. You aren’t allowed to just randomly body check a guy nowhere near the ball. I would say this isn’t hockey, but that would of been a penalty in hockey too

    called how it should of been

    • longtallsam - Dec 28, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      “Could have just been”, not “could of just been”

    • lacolem1 - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      “You aren’t allowed to just randomly body check a guy nowhere near the ball.”

      You’re not allowed to body up a guy going for a rebound? Seriously?

      • somekat - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

        you ‘body up” with your face to the rim and back to the man. If you don’t have that position, no, you aren’t allowed to “body up” to a guy. That is called a loose ball foul. Welcome to basektball

  8. therealroman - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    a) This was clearly a flagrant, clear body check, nothing to discuss there
    b) Not saying the Lebron play was dirty but he definitely went for that ball HARD! He woulda complained after a play like that and so would have Spoelstra (who btw should stop with that gay-ass laugh he throws there in the back after the incident)
    c) I feel like Cousins starting to become a lot more mature now, what a gifted player but I feel like he’s slowly adapting to the “leader”-role the Kings want him to grow into. He’s a beast.

  9. lacolem1 - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    I thought it was clearly an exaggeration. Can you make a case for a normal foul? Absolutely. But a flagrant while trying to block out a guy who outweighs you by 90 lbs, whom you *somehow* send flying five feet in the other direction? Ridiculous. It basically cost the Heat the game in regulation.

    • antistratfordian - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      I think Chalmers recent history has something to do with it. If I’m not mistaken, he’s now tied with DeAndre Jordan and Matt Barnes for the league lead in flagrants. He has 3 flagrant fouls (two flagrant 2s), 2 technicals, 1 ejection (should’ve been 2 ejections) and 1 suspension.

      The league is wary of him, so he’s probably not going to get the benefit of the doubt.

  10. fnf417 - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Every player flops stop crying you lost move on

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