Tony Allen flop leads to flagrant foul on Manu Ginobili

You make the call: Was this really a flagrant foul?

5/22/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

May 21, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (not pictured) fouls Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (9) in game two of the Western Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY SportsSome people are calling BS on this flagrant foul by Manu Ginobili on Tony Allen.

The San Antonio crowd was chanting "bulls**t" after viewing the replay, and Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead nominated Allen for an Oscar.

While it's clear that Allen embellishes the fall a bit, and starts clutching his head despite the fact that replays show that he never actually hit his head.

Still, in my humble opinion, Ginobili's foul was obviously flagrant. Allen was in the air, and Ginobili grabbed his arm. The risk factor is always elevated when a player leaves his feet, and even a relatively small bump or grab can really send him flying.

What's your take on his play?


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5/22/13   |   nsromaine

yes by the rule it is a flagrant foul. However there is also an anti flopping rule. T.A. must be fined or the rule needs to be scrapped. You will never find a clearer example of flopping if you reviewed 1000's of hours of film.

5/22/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

No, it was not a flagrant foul. 

5/22/13   |   MortonsLaw   |   156 respect

It's a flagrant today, not 20 years ago. I agree it's a cheap way to play defense, especially when you make no play on the ball. I don't think it's flagrant, but if it were college it would be deemed an intentional foul.

5/22/13   |   BenSullivan   |   96 respect

The foul was flagrant because Ginobili never attempted to make a play on the ball. Sure, Tony Allen deserves an award for his acting job, but that doesn't take away from the fact that Manu just grabbed TA's arm and flung him to the ground. I for one would be happy to see plays like that taken out of the game. If you can't make a play on the ball, then you just have to give up the two points.