Posted May 24, 2013

Grizzlies’ Tony Allen fined for flop during playoffs

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Manu Ginobili, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, Tony Allen

The NBA announced Friday that Grizzlies guard Tony Allen has been fined $5,000 for flopping during a 93-89 loss to the Spurs in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on May 21.

Allen becomes the fourth player fined under the league’s stiffer postseason policy, which eliminated the free warning given during the regular season and assesses escalating fines for each subsequent offense. During the regular season, 19 players were warned for flopping and five of those received fines for a second offense. Knicks guard J.R. Smith, Pacers forward Jeff Pendergraph and Thunder guard Derek Fisher have also been fined during the postseason.

With a little less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, Zach Randolph came up with the loose ball after a Spurs turnover and tossed it ahead to Allen, who had already leaked out behind Manu Ginobili and had a clear path to the basket. Rather than concede the lay-up, Ginobili yanked Allen’s left forearm, preventing the conclusion of a shot attempt and sending the All-Defensive First Teamer crashing to the court. There, Allen rolled around and held his head, even though replays indicated that he didn’t hit his head on the court. The referees ruled that Ginobili was guilty of a flagrant foul 1 on the play, awarding Allen two shots and giving possession to the Grizzlies ball. The sequence enabled the Grizzlies to make up a four-point deficit and force overtime.

This type of flop was specifically noted in the NBA’s official video introducing its flopping policy. In the video, Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari was called out for trying to sell an offensive foul in a similar manner.

“While defending against a legal ball screen, the defensive player, No. 8 in the white uniform, absorbs solid contact from the screener,” the video’s narrator explained. “However, the reaction by No. 8 which includes a flail, a spin, a fall to the floor and an apparent display of injury was a gross over-embellishment and was inconsistent with the degree of contact received on the play.”

RELATED: Check out The Point Forward’s rundown of the best flops of the 2012-13 season.

Allen will now be subject to the postseason fine scale for flopping.

Violation 1: $5,000 fine
Violation 2: $10,000 fine
Violation 3: $15,000 fine
Violation 4: $30,000 fine

If a player violates the anti-flopping rule five times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.

Allen, 31, averaged 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists for the Grizzlies this season.

Game 3 of the Western Conference finals is set for Saturday.

Video via YouTube user frank den

9 comments
Guest03002
Guest03002

If you think DWade should be held accountable for his cheap shot on Lance Stevenson, email the NBA and let them know.  It's the only way to keep the game fair, since the officials clearly favor the Heat, the NBA's cash cow.

http://www.nba.com/email_us/contact_us.html

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

I guess the NBA only fines the other teams in the league except the Miami Heat, separate rules separate teams..........

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Start suspending these frauds - really undermines what little credibility nba has left.

JBJ
JBJ

The difference between the Allen actions and the Gallinari is that Gallinari's flail was an overreaction to the contact with the player.  Allen's initial reaction (fall) was consistent with the contact.  Allen's bush league move was over reacting was to his head hitting the ground, not the player (Gallinari's was an overreaction to the screen contact).

The point is, it isn't the same play.  Nor does the current definition of a flop fit what Allen got fined for.

IMO, the fine is justified for what I believe the NBA was trying to eliminate.  However, they need to redefine what a flop is.  

old_school
old_school

Never mind fines - if an official is considering calling a flagrant, they should go over the replay IN THE GAME. That flagrant forced overtime for crying out loud!! In this specific case, if the ref sees the flop on the replay, Allen just gets two shots and gets charged a technical, the Spurs shoot a technical - and they get possession. That's fair.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@old_school But it WAS a flagrant.  It was still a flop, but that doesn't change the fact that the initial foul (pulling a player to the floor) is always considered a flagrant.

ParishToni1
ParishToni1

@JonathanD @old_schoolhool 

Since when? Since when is grabbing the arm to avoid a three point play a flagrant? If so, the Dwight Howard should have gone to the freethrow line a million times to shoot flagrant foul shots. Manu Ginobilli has been grabbed like that numerous times during the season, yet no flagrant fouls were called. BW, the same play happened in the Miami Indiana playoff game, where Lebron was grabbed the exact same way.  The difference is Lebron didn't over react and fall like a girl the way Allen did. No flagrant was called there.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@ParishToni1 @JonathanD @old_school Dwight Howard was pulled to the floor a million times without a flagrant foul being called?  I must have missed that?

The league did not rule that Tony Allen flopped by going to the floor.  He was PULLED to the floor.  That is a flagrant foul.  Allen flopped by faking a head injury he didn't have.  

Republic
Republic

5k???? NBA should have given him an Emmy.