There was a critical play late in the Grizzlies’ Game 2 loss to the Spurs where Tony Allen was brought down by Manu Ginobili on a fast break attempt. Ginobili grabbed Allen’s off arm and dragged him out of the air to prevent an easy layup, causing Allen to fall awkwardly as he came to the court.
The referees ruled it a flagrant foul, a call which held up under video review.
The flagrant nature of the foul itself was never called into question; it was Allen’s theatrics afterward that most had an issue with, and that includes Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.
Speaking after shootaround in advance of Game 3 on Saturday, Hollins said he’s not in favor of the tactic, and even believes that the league could enforce its rules in this area a little more strictly.
“Flopping is not a part of the game and shouldn’t be a part of the game,” Hollins said, via the Associated Press. “That’s why we have rules in place. There’s probably a few more that could be called on a lot of people that are still in the playoffs.”
Just because Hollins is against flopping, however, doesn’t mean he thinks that there was any question that Ginobili’s foul on Allen deserved the flagrant one designation.
“I don’t think what happened had anything to do with the referee calling a flagrant foul because he grabbed him out of the air,” Hollins said, via Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com. “Whether he hit his head or didn’t hit his head, he grabbed him out of the air, and I don’t think that had a bearing, especially when they went and reviewed it, they still called it a flagrant.”
Allen was fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules.