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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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Flopping can be hazardous to your health

April 8th, 2011 2 comments

Manu Ginobili on March 28th showed against the Memphis Grizzlies that flopping can be dangerous. The video below speaks for itself.

It just goes to show if you flop enough like Manu does (ranked #2 in a recent Sports Illustrated players’ poll), you’re eventually going to get hurt.

Because of the thigh contusion he suffered as he jerked his leg up against Marc Gasol trying to draw a foul, Ginobili only played 19 minutes, scored two points, and the Spurs ended up losing the game.

Wouldn’t it have been something if the Spurs had lost home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs by one game, and this loss against a beatable Grizzlies team with Ginobili not playing a complete game being one of the reasons why?

At the 1:05 mark, you can hear it’s not just us saying Ginobili got hurt because of the flop…even the Memphis announcers say it!

Props go to the closest ref nearest to the flop, Jason Phillips (#23), who didn’t call a foul against Gasol when many refs might have been duped by Manu’s antics.