Damian Lillard joined Demarcus Cousins, Patrick Beverly, Joel Embiid and Dennis Schröder as the fifth player to receive an official warning for flopping this season.
Flopping is defined as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact," The rules are inforced like this:
- Violation 1: Warning
- Violation 2: $5,000 fine
- Violation 3: $10,000 fine
- Violation 4: $15,000 fine
- Violation 5: $30,000 fine
In this instance, I have to agree with the league. This truly was overselling it. Any contact with a shooter is called today, but this honestly had no impact on Lillard making the shot and was jumping the shark altogether. Damian did have an interesting explanation.
The end of the tweet lets us know Lillard knows he went too far with it, but his point stands. Players have to exaggerate contact at times, or they don't get the whistle. This was not one of those moments. With so many flopping in the league, why address this one and not some of the others?
In the grand scheme of things, we have too many calls in the league today, so it would be nice if the league enforced this with more vigilance.
The mind-boggling part of all of this is that James Harden isn't one of the five that got a warning.