Archive for April, 2011

Catching up on some good flops over the past few days

April 29th, 2011 No comments

Here are 4 flops from the Lakers-Hornets game from April 26th that we felt was worth going back and featuring. It stars Lamar Odom, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, and New Orleans’ Marco Bellinelli.

Zaza flops on Dwight to draw foul

April 23rd, 2011 No comments

Last night in Atlanta, Zaza Pachulia had a nice flop to draw a foul on Dwight Howard, but unfortunately for Zaza, TV analyst Jon Barry called him out on it on national TV.

Three flops from same player in one game this past Thursday. No surprise since he’s ranked in Top 15 players’ poll

April 23rd, 2011 2 comments

We featured from Thursday’s Dallas-Portland game 3 “alleged” flops on our sister site because sometimes the refs can get tired of the act. Checkout J.J. Barea try to work his magic.

We also include a clip of a loose ball foul against Tyson Chandler at the end of this video that fouled him out of the game. We’re not sure what the ref saw because we didn’t even see a flop from Portland’s Lamarcus Aldridge to try to sell it.

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Flops from Shane Battier & Chris Paul

April 22nd, 2011 No comments

Shane Battier and Chris Paul flop in their respective playoff games on April 20th, 2011. Is it something about ACC guys? (just joking Duke & Wake Forest fans).

Fortunately the refs didn’t “fall” for it (get it?).

Tweet us players’ flops you see with #topflops

April 20th, 2011 No comments

In addition to the RefCalls forum where you can post information about flops you see in games, we’re going to also try Twitter as a way for you to provide the same kind of info. Just use #topflops and it will get to us.

Here’s a sample format you can use that provides us the info we need, starting with the game, the quarter, the time on the clock, and the player involved.

IND-CHI 3Q 2:12 – Boozer flops. #topflops

Feel free to use your remaining characters to provide more info, or just vent!

Remember as we mention in our “Report a call” video at that we won’t be able to feature all of the flops on our home page because there can be too many flops to post each night.

But we will take your info, research it, and log it into a database so that we can eventually run some reports on the data we collect that will give us a better glimpse of which players are the worst at flopping, and maybe provide supporting video, time permitting.

And don’t forget you can also Tweet bad calls & missed calls you see in games by using the hashtag #refcalls that we could feature on our sister site

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Spurs’ Matt Bonner flops twice within one quarter of play

April 18th, 2011 2 comments

San Antonio’s Matt Bonner had some questionable acting jobs in today’s Spurs-Grizzlies game.

On the first flop in the 2nd quarter, Bonner appeared to get hit in the face as he was shooting, then put his hand over his right eye as he crumpled to the floor in what looked like major pain.

But when Bonner got up, somehow magically he was fine, not even having to TOUCH his face after such a ‘painful’ blow. I think most people would have continued to at least touch their wound getting up after such trauma to the face. He probably did get touched in the face slightly for a legitimate foul, but c’mon Bonner, you have to sell it all the way after getting up until you shoot your free throws!

On the second play featured in the video, Bonner threw himself out of bounds after getting slightly touched, if at all, but referee Dan Crawford (#23) rewarded him with two free throws.

This bad call didn’t hurt Memphis because they ultimately won thanks to a Shane Battier 3-pointer near the end of the game, but Bonner’s two free throws after this flop did make the game closer than it should have been.

Props go to analyst Kevin McHale who made fun of Bonner’s flop after the play.

Sample of great flops over the past year

April 16th, 2011 No comments

The playoffs start today (Saturday) where we should be able to see a whole bunch of fresh, playoff-style flops over the next several weeks. But before we start focusing on those, let’s look back on a few flops we have collected in our archives over the past year.

This video stars Derek Fisher, Andrei Kirilenko, Pau Gasol, Wesley Matthews, Brad Miller, Lamar Odom, and Reggie Evans.

Kurt Thomas flops to help Bulls win home court advantage in the Finals

April 15th, 2011 No comments

Wednesday’s game between Chicago and New Jersey was a big one for the Bulls. If they win the game, then their chances of winning home court advantage in the NBA Finals, if they get there, through a drawing with the Spurs (potentially) would dramatically improve.

Chicago went on to win the game, thanks to a couple of calls that went their way. One was a no-call late in the game when Taj Gibson clearly fouled Brook Lopez on a drive to the basket (see story on

A few minutes earlier, referee Courtney Kirkland (#61) called Lopez for a personal foul with 5:22 remaining when Thomas clearly flopped playing defense on Lopez. Lopez did a slight hook of his arm on Thomas, and once he felt it, “down goes Frazier!”

This was a huge call in favor of Chicago since they were TRAILING 84-81 at the time, and this bad call turned the ball over to the Bulls, who went on to overcome the deficit and win the game, thanks also to the no-call on Taj Gibson.

At least the Chicago announcers acknowledged that it was an Oscar-worthy flop by Thomas.

Ginobili’s attempt to draw a foul (flop?) gets him hurt again

April 15th, 2011 4 comments

We posted a few days ago how Manu Ginobili‘s flop on March 28th against the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol caused him to injure himself, making him miss the rest of the game, score only two points, and contribute to the Spurs losing against a beatable Memphis team.

That loss turned out to be huge. One more win in the regular season would have given the Spurs a chance in a drawing with Chicago to see who would be awarded homecourt advantage if they end up facing each other in the NBA Finals.

Now on Wednesday in the last game of the regular season, Ginobili hurt himself AGAIN trying to draw a foul against Grant Hill, hyperextending his elbow, leaving the game early, and the Spurs losing to another beatable team — Phoenix — that could have given them another victory they needed to gain home court advantage in the Finals, if they make it.

Checkout the video below of the play. At the 1:17 mark, we also show a clip of Ginobili in last season’s playoff series with the Suns where he is once again defended by Grant Hill, but was successful in getting a foul called against Hill on a similar play by flopping a bit. Perhaps Ginobili subliminally felt getting contact from Hill on the perimeter would work again on Wednesday night.

Well, it worked. Hill was called for a foul by referee David Jones (which should have been a no-call), but it came at a potentially high cost to Ginobili and the Spurs. Now Ginobili is doubtful for Game 1 against Memphis this weekend because of an elbow sprain.

Ginobili’s flops are so forceful and risky, he’s not only hurting himself, they are hurting his team.

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The Top 15 floppers in the NBA

April 9th, 2011 1 comment

Sports Illustrated recently released the results of an NBA players’ poll asking anecdotally who the top floppers were in the league. Here’s the list:

1. Anderson Varejao
2. Manu Ginobili
3. Luis Scola
4. Derek Fisher
5. Kevin Martin
6. Shane Battier
7. Jarron Collins
8. Raja Bell
9. Jose Barea
10. Andres Nocioni
11. Reggie Evans
12. Corey Maggette
13. Kobe Bryant
14. Paul Pierce
15. Sasha Vujacic

Regarding Martin at #5, we don’t think he’s a flopper as much as he is an expert in getting guys to jump into the air on his pump fakes, then drawing legitimate contact as he jumps into the air. It’s more of his defenders’ fault than Martin’s.

We loved K-Mart’s response when told about the results of the poll…

“Oh, I wanted No. 1. Just made it because nobody can stay in front of me and guard me and I know the rules of the game. They don’t think it’s a foul, but they don’t stay down on my pump fakes, so it’s an easy call. That’s the reason I made it, because nobody can really guard me. I needed to be up a few spots.”