Tony Allen’s ridiculous flop from the Game 2 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs almost caused a riot on Twitter. Well, now the 31-year-old Memphis Grizzlies guard has been fined $5,000 under the NBA’s new anti-flopping rules.
The 31-year-old Memphis Grizzlies guard rolled around on the floor like he’d been shot in the head after Spurs guard Manu Ginobili fouled him hard with 26.1 seconds remaining in regulation on Tuesday night. The problem was that replays showed Allen’s head never actually hit the floor. In fact, it didn’t hit anything.
In a postseason that has been marred by a ton of flopping allegations, Allen’s performance was easily the most egregious.
Officials called a flagrant foul on Ginobili for grabbing Allen’s arm as he drove to the basket, and that was the correct call. But Allen definitely oversold the contact. When Allen hit the floor he writhed around like he was on fire and covered his head as if it had been badly injured.
Allen then hit both free throws and the Grizzlies were also awarded the ball. Memphis wound up forcing overtime before the Spurs won the game 93-89 in the extra frame.
It’s not the first time Allen has flopped to a ridiculous degree either. Don’t believe me? Watch this.
Video of the flop from Game 2 follows:
The Spurs blew a 13-point lead over the final eight minutes in Game 2 and Ginobili’s foul on Allen only made things worse. Mike Conley followed the ensuing made free throws will a runner in the lane with 18.2 seconds to play to tie the game at 85 and force overtime.
Somehow San Antonio bounced back in the extra period, outscoring Memphis 8-4 and taking a 2-0 lead in the series.