Friday, April 6, 2012
Flop of the Night: Blake Griffin
By Beckley Mason
HoopIdea wants to #StopTheFlop. To spotlight the biggest fakers, we present Flop of the Night. You can help us separate the pretenders from the defenders – details below:
Blake Griffin isn't spending his second year in the NBA making friends. On Wednesday he punctuated his haymaker dunks over Pau Gasol with stare downs straight out of the WWE. Then last night, with his team leading the Kings by one and just over a minute left in the game, he drew a phantom foul on DeMarcus Cousins with this delayed, Shakespaerean reaction.
Griffin waits a full beat -- long enough to jab step -- before turning to the referee to plead for the call.
The crucial possession turned out to be Cousins' last of the night (that foul was his sixth) and the Clippers closed the game on a 9-2 run.
After the game, Cousins was none too pleased with Griffin's questionable tactics, saying Griffin, like actors generally, belongs in Los Angeles. "I guess the wind from my hand hit him in the eye and I guess he got fouled by the wind," Cousins told SI's Sam Amick.
It's plays like these that have contributed to the Clippers new, less flattering nickname: Flop City.
When you see an egregious flop that deserves proper recognition, send us a link to the video so we can consider it for Flop of the Night. Here's how to make your submission: