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Timberwolves flop three times on one possession against Heat (VIDEO)

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]

  1. lj312chicago - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    No worries the Heat will have their flopping game on lock by the time the playoffs start… They always do

  2. antistratfordian - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    lol. hey, it worked though. you’ve done something right as a defense if lebron is that close to the rim and doesn’t shoot.

  3. thundergunxpres - Apr 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    What was the second flop? The guy who had his hands up and just took a step back? Just curious the other two were obviously flops

  4. Professor Fate - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    T-wolves just showing respect with a tribute to James.

  5. txprelude - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Didn’t know Minnesota had a soccer team.

  6. tomasekradek - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Third flop was the one by Mario, not Minnesota

  7. dannymac17 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    and James passes again.

  8. rodge1 - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:40 PM


    Yup, and D Rose will be cleared to play again and he will hide AGAIN.

  9. blakegblogs - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    @thundergunxpress the second guy stepped back flailing his arms

  10. drewzducks - Apr 6, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    When in Rome…

  11. dluxxx - Apr 7, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I love how this is the only coverage of a great double overtime victory by the “Lowly” Wolves over the Heat. The Wolves won’t even make the playoffs in the West, and they took down the defending champions in their own house. No respect….

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