Spurs G Manu Ginobili has been involved in many “flopping” calls in his tenure in the NBA. But tonight, he found himself on the “other” side of one.
In the second quarter of Sunday’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Wade stopped near the sideline with the ball. As he held it, waiting for his teammates to get set, Ginobili took a swipe at the ball in an attempt to jar it loose.
He never touched Wade or any part of his body. In fact, it wasn’t even close. But Wade grimaced and sold the call, and somehow referee Jason Phillips called a foul and fell for the flop. Even though Wade had a late reaction and winced a full second after Ginobili swatted for the ball.
This was important as it resulted in a pivotal third foul called on Ginobili which would limit his minutes after it took place. And he was a huge boost for the Spurs in Game 1.
Lakers Nation thinks Wade may be suited for an acting gig after he calls it quits in the NBA.
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union. Not sure who’s better at acting now after that flop.
— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) June 9, 2014
There’s a good chance Wade will be fined. But it’s still a wonder as to how Phillips actually saw this as a foul. At worst, it’s a no-call.
(H/T: CJ Fogler)