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Vince Carter with an epic flop that helps swing momentum to Mavs (VIDEO)

May 3, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

That is why guys flop. Even if they know a small fine ($5,000) is coming.

It was midway through the fourth quarter of an elimination game for Dallas and the Mavericks were down one to the Spurs. Dallas loses and its season is over.

On the play above Kawhi Leonard gets the ball on a handoff from Tim Duncan and Vince Carter switches on to him. Leonard starts a drive then steps back, there is a little contact, and Carter goes down like there is a sniper on the grassy knoll.

It works, he gets the call.

The play helps swing the momentum of a game that Dallas goes on to win, forcing a Game 7.

Vince Carter will get a fine for this from the league. And he’d do it again in a heartbeat. That punishment is worth the crime.

  1. bigbosscrispy - May 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Pee yuuuu! That was nasty VC!

    • spthegr8 - May 3, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      You woulda thought Kawhi Stabbed him the way he reacted.!! SMFH!!!!

    • apkyletexas - May 3, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      I agree, but this wasn’t why Dallas won. The Spurs just have never decided to properly defend Ellis in this series, so he’s killed them repeatedly.

      And besides, as a Spurs fan I know as well as anyone that Manu would do the same flop (or worse) in a heartbeat. Vince is just lining up his post-NBA career as a Hollywood stuntman.

    • daddyghi - May 3, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      whats a $5000 fine for a crack at moving forward to the 2nd round?

  2. 49faithful - May 3, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    This is why basketball is not worth watching. A bunch of grown men acting like girls. The league needs to review things like this then eject them from the game or allow more physical play.

    • denverhoopdreams - May 3, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Eject the players? Go back to watching flag football and the womanizing 49er’s.

    • reesesteel23 - May 3, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      Too much money involved to eject a player over something that stupid. This is the playoffs.

      • reesesteel23 - May 3, 2014 at 10:12 AM

        anndddd after watching the vid, this is a candidate for worst flop of 2014. Ill shut up now.

    • kgsmith - May 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      its almost sickening.. I watched Asik grab a jersey last night while in play, the foul was called and the look on his face was “what did I do”? Houston is a bunch of cry babies.. and it starts with Howard and Harden..

  3. cantonbound13 - May 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Just LeBroning.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      Man-crushing a little early today, aren’t we?

      • jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        PeaBrain punk Cantonwee-wee is totally jealous of LeBron and the Heat. After all, he’s a NY a$$hole loser whose own team sucks as much as he does. New York: home to suckers and losers. Have a great day!

    • jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      He’s a two time champion and you’re a pea brain loser.

      • leahcima1 - May 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

        jimee you forgot a few things that cantonjerkoff leaves out whenever he needs to masturbate:

        2× NBA Finals MVP: 2012, 2013
        4× NBA Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
        NBA Rookie of the Year: 2004
        NBA scoring champion: 2008
        2× NBA All-Star Game MVP: 2006, 2008
        10× NBA All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
        9× All-NBA:
        First Team: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
        Second Team: 2005, 2007
        5× NBA All-Defensive:
        First Team: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
        NBA All-Rookie First Team: 2004

        United States National Team

        3× Olympic medalist:
        Gold: 2008, 2012
        Bronze: 2004
        2× FIBA Americas Championship medalist:
        Gold: 2007
        Bronze: 2006
        USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year: 2012[247]

        High school

        National champion: 2003
        3× State champion: 2000, 2001, 2003
        2× Gatorade National Player of the Year: 2002, 2003
        2× USA Today High School Player of the Year: 2002, 2003
        3× Ohio Mr. Basketball: 2001, 2002, 2003
        3× USA Today All-USA First Team: 2001, 2002, 2003
        2× PARADE High School Player of the Year: 2002, 2003
        Naismith Prep Player of the Year: 2003[248]
        McDonald’s National Player of the Year: 2003[249]
        McDonald’s High School All-American: 2003[250]
        McDonald’s All-American Game MVP: 2003
        EA Sports Roundball Classic MVP: 2003[251]
        Jordan Capital Classic MVP: 2003[251]


        Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 2012[252]
        Sporting News Athlete of the Year: 2012[253]
        AP Athlete of the Year: 2013
        Sporting News NBA MVP: 2006[254]
        Sporting News Rookie of the Year: 2004[255]
        Sports Illustrated NBA All-Decade First Team: 2000–2009[256]

      • cantonbound13 - May 3, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        On PEDs. Barry Bonds was a great player also.

  4. Gordon - May 3, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    If they want to stop stuff like this, allow coaches to challenge 2-3 calls in the 4th quarter.

    • kgsmith - May 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      something needs to be done about flopping.. I thought the changes last year would help, but apparently not

      • Wammy Giveaway - May 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

        All this really did was convince the fans that the NBA is rigged.

        “Want a Game 7? Flop, it’ll cost you tons of dollars. But sure, we’ll help rig the series for you.”

  5. kgsmith - May 3, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    another reason why I am not a big fan of the NBA.. with these crybabies like Dwight Howard and Harden.. then you have people that are turning the NBA into the WWE with flopping.. isnt that why people give the wwe so much grief, because its fake? well, lets talk about flopping..

    • Wammy Giveaway - May 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

      The WWE is honest about being fake because wrestling is a very dangerous sport. They use tables, ladders and chairs in their events, plus death-defying drops. Even the wrestling moves they use in their shows can inflict permanent injury. That’s why WWE is scripted, to ensure the safety of their employees.

    • fanofthegame79 - May 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Go watch some old Charles Barkley videos….he did this kind of stuff all the time. Flopping isn’t new to the NBA, but since the league is much more strict in terms of “what is a foul”, they call this and then it’s complained about.

      • miamatt - May 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM


        You don’t have to like it, but flopping and selling calls has been a part of the game for as long as it has existed.

        What has changed is the fact that everybody now has access to video to watch every play from every game ad naseum now. It used to be, unless you VCR’d the game, once it was over it was over. And even if you did have something, you couldn’t post it for the whole world to see.

    • kinggw - May 3, 2014 at 3:25 PM

      Stop complaining as if this type of gamesmanship is only displayed in the NBA.

      In every sport players embellish contact to get calls. It happens in football on just about every play, it happens in baseball when guys sometimes act like they got hit with a pitch when it was just close. And it happens on the ice.

      The NBA is no worse than any other league, and as other posters have mentioned this isn’t new. The gross overreaction to flopping the last few years is just the latest thing for people to complain about.

  6. 5xchamp24 - May 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Raise the fine to $100,000, then see what happens

  7. davidly - May 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    You see the three tramps over on the Mav’s bench?

  8. weaselpuppy - May 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    These big babies would get trucked by the late 80s/early 90s NBA

    • fanofthegame79 - May 3, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      No they wouldn’t. These are professional athletes that have more at their disposal, in terms of training, than their counterparts of the 80’s and 90’s that would most likely give them an edge in speed, strength, agility, etc. Bottom line, most of the players today are bigger and faster than yesteryear. However, the players of today have to play within the confines of the rules of today so it’s really unfair to compare the eras in this manner.

  9. jbones77 - May 3, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Ginobili does this about 40 times a game. They should start giving techs for flopping. Fining does nothing.

  10. naterich21 - May 3, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    They need to make stuff like this an automatic ejection for the next game. Then see who flops in crucial moments. Then again, players would just flop in Game 7, which is the worst case scenario…

  11. SBoy - May 3, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Another option is to make it reviewable… and if upon further review the play is a flop, make it a foul on the flopper, and give the other team two fouls shots and possession of the ball. Kick up the fine 5k every time someone commits a flop to a max of 25K and start suspending a player for a game after his fifth flop in a season.

  12. thekingdave - May 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM


    No. It sounds like you just have an irrational hate of the Rockets based on emotion versus logic and enjoy talking out of your backside. That can be the only explanation since D12 has rarely, if ever, “flopped” all series (if you had watched the series you would know this). If anything he should have went to the line more with some of the things Lopez and Aldridge were getting away with. But whatever, we were in position to bring this thing back to Houston with .9 seconds left and Lillard did his thing. Time to go back to the drawing board and improve our 3-8 roster spots in preparation for next year’s playoffs. Unlike you and your fellow Laker/anti Dwight or whatever you belong to crowd I can accept defeat, wish the other team well and move on. Now go back underneath the rocks you all climbed out from so we don’t heb to listen to your whiny, incessant, childlike complaints.

  13. void96eater - May 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Pathetic, but the strategy worked.

  14. luz56 - May 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    It’s been all down hill after leaving Toronto…. NBAs 2000 decade-most over rated player

  15. miamatt - May 3, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Nothing will ever be done about flopping, folks. Reality is, it works and can swing calls at times. No sense in crying about it. Just accept it and move on.

    • savvybynature - May 3, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      Says the Heat fan in the room (and I’m sure he isn’t saying this just because Lebron, Wade and Bosh all happen to be 3 of the worst offenders for flopping).

  16. ProBasketballPundit - May 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    This is such an obvious flop… I knew it was a flop live and I’m watching on a 24″ monitor with the crappiest internet connection ever. So if I could see it, how could the refs not? Guys should get suspended 1 game for flops this obvious.

  17. antistratfordian - May 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    That was one of several flop attempts VC had at the end of this game. But he’s learning from one of flopping’s most ardent practitioners… Dirk Nowitzki.

  18. rogerrodgers - May 3, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    That was classic!

  19. rogerrodgers - May 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Whatever it takes to win! It obviously worked out for the Mav’s.

  20. philzblog - May 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Same reason why soccer sucks.

  21. jmtarzana - May 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Fine the referees too. They made the call. If you’ve watch the game long enough, you might see that they call fouls when there isn’t one during a replay and when they are really not in a good position to see what really transpired. It also happens the other way around. Nevertheless, Leonard should not have stuck his hand towards Carter like that. Carter was lucky to have gotten the call otherwise Leonard would have had a better chance of making a shot. It swings both ways.

  22. kavika6 - May 4, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    The more I watch Vince Carter the more respect I lose for him.

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