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Do The Clippers Flop Too Much?

The Clippers are exciting. They’re coming into their own. They’re a game away from eliminating the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. If they can keep Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan in place, they’ll keep on being exciting – and winning – for years to come. But as well as things are going in Clipperland – and really, how often have you been able to say that, ever? – there’s something they’re doing that’s not so great. More and more people are noticing, and last night, it was impossible to miss – the Clippers are a bunch of floppers.

And Griffin is one of the most frequent offenders – so much so that after one particularly obvious dive last night, color analyst Chris Webber couldn’t bite his tongue. Webber explained how when he was in the league, he played on a team that was notorious for flopping (it’s okay, C-Webb, you can just say Vlade Divac’s name) and didn’t want the Clippers to go down that road:

He’s right – the flopping seems to be working right now, but if the Clippers become too notorious for it – and they seem to be knocking on the door already – it could stop helping them right quick. Teams already want to foul Griffin hard for his dunks – why give opponents more reasons to get pissed off? And that doesn’t even get into how basketball in general is better when teams just play the game instead of worrying too much about trying to sell every call. And rest assured, opponents are taking notice:

If it’s deployed judiciously, flopping might be seen as the stuff of a cagey veteran, the type who knows how to do the oft-talked-about “little things that don’t show up in the box score.” Clearly, the Clippers are past that point. If they keep it up, maybe they’ll keep winning, but it’ll be less fun to watch them do it… and the league will have it out for them. And considering how fun to watch the Clippers should be, that would be a shame.

[Huffington Post]

Hollins video by CJ Fogler.

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  • Grizz

    They’re already there – it’s sickening…..It isn’t basketball anymore for Blake and co. – it’s acting.

    Good thing that they’re in LA:) 

    On the positive side, Blake is now known for more than just dunking…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Johnson/100000190455903 Rick Johnson

    Flopping and cheap shots are the Clippers Forte’ . The article forgets something else the announcers said last game. That is Evans has a reputation of being dirty and gets away with things because of it.  TWICE this series BG HAS taken a swing and gotten away with it.  And it STILL took the game officials taking away a good basket in order for the Clippers to win.  BG should have been toss from two or the four games and could have been tossed TWICE the last game. One of taking a cheap shot and the other for blowing up after his 5th foul.  The WWE is more legitimate than the NBA and it’s felon filled officiating crews.  When even TV announcers start to question some of the crap that the Clippers have gotten away with in this series you know it has to be bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nmaulit Nel A Maulit

    Wow! When Memphis is grabbing and groping and pushing, it is all right. But when the Clippers are doing the same,  they become dirty players…and should be toss out of the game?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Johnson/100000190455903 Rick Johnson

     What is even harder to understand is how he looks like Frankenstein’s monster with his footwork.  How he is NOT called for traveling as clumsy he is it is IMPOSSIBLE not to see his extra steps. Yet somehow they ignore them.

  • Dieter

    Repeat the same BS enough and people start to believe it.  The Clippers are no worse than any other team in this league.  I guarantee if you put the same effort in on any other team in any other game of this playoffs, you’d pull as many “obvious examples” as you site here.
    And let’s remember, kids, there’s a big difference between flopping (off no contact) and making sure the refs see a foul.  

  • Imdachamp

    What makes Chris Webber’s comments any more relevant than ours?  He played next to a flopper, and was one himself for quite a while.   So his hypocritical comments, after a play when Blake if hit in the face, is a joke in itself.  Regardless of the theatrics, it was a foul that he needs the refs to pay attention to, as it happens nearly EVERY play.  Comment about that Chris Webber, you ringless bum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Johnson/100000190455903 Rick Johnson

    What a joke, there was a play where the replay showed BG hit himself in the face he was so out of control and then got up whining about no foul.  The Clippers have used the “They Can’t Call Them All” defense. Foul Foul Foul and hope the officials only call part of them.

  • Imdachamp

    Sounds like a whining Memphis fan to me.  I was at both LA home games, and the amount of bad calls that went Memphis’ way was unbelievable.   All good, Clippers rose above it.  As we have all season.

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