Steve Blake – who is generously listed as 6’3″, 172 pounds — took exception to a physical screen set by Kenneth Faried and threw a nice body check into Faried during the Trail Blazers win over the Nuggets Sunday. He drew a flagrant foul for it. The two jawed and teammates separated them, both got technical fouls on the play.
After the game, Faried admitted he hit the deck to make sure he got the call, via Chris Burkhardt at CSNNW.com.
“He got mad I back-picked him,” said Faried. “I’m playing offense, I’m making sure my point guard got open, and he ran into the back pick trying to go to my point guard. Then he got mad about it and pushed me. Yeah, I fell down to make sure the ref saw it.”
He admitted he exaggerated the action, which is flopping. It will be interesting to see if the league decides to get involved here (at most Faried would get a flopping warning).
More interesting: These two teams meet again on Wednesday.