Apr 5, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT
Considering the situation — the score, how much time was remaining, and LeBron James coming down the floor with a full head of steam — this sequence is more amusing than it is an egregious attempt to trick the referees into blowing an unearned whistle.
The Timberwolves held a one-point lead near the end of regulation, and after a missed shot attempt, found themselves desperately trying to defend the game’s best player in transition. A foul would give James two free throw attempts that could potentially decide the game, so Ricky Rubio, then J.J. Barea, then Barea once more did everything possible to get in their opponent’s way without committing a foul, and exaggerated even the smallest bit of contact while doing so.
Barea’s final flop proved to be too much, however, as he was whistled for a blocking foul on Mario Chalmers.
Chalmers made only one of the two free throw attempts, and Minnesota went on to win in double-overtime.
Again, Minnesota was in an impossible situation here. But it was somewhat hilarious that everyone seemed to be on the same flopping page in terms of how best to proceed.
[via J.A. Adande]
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