Give Andrei Kirilenko an Oscar for This Flop Against Dirk Nowitzki

It’s kind of hard for me to believe that a Dallas team that’s 17-12 and playing good ball would lose by almost double digits against Utah. Consider that Paul Millsap, Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur are all hurt, leaving the Jazz with a starting five of Deron Williams, Andrei Kirilenko, Ronnie Brewer, Kosta Koufos, and C.J. Miles, I really start to wonder. You could certainly do worse for a starting five, but that’s definitely not the Jazz’s best lineup. But when you see Dirk Nowitzki getting called for an offensive foul on a play like this and then you see that he later got ejected for a love tap on Matt Harpring, you figure something may have been up with the refs. Check out this brilliant acting job by Andrei Kirilenko that got the call:

I’m telling you, I hardly think about this despite the Tim Donaghy stuff, but a nine point loss for Dallas, a 10 free throw disparity, and Dirk Nowitzki getting ejected doesn’t sound right to me. If I didn’t know any better I’d say the refs had some action on this game.

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  • Gene

    Definitely an Oscar-winning performance, and certainly not an offensive foul.

    Anything that Mr. Stern and Co. cook up rightfully can be called suspicious. I lost whatever little respect I had left for Stern after his ruling in the Spurs-Suns playoff two years ago when he effectively penalized the Suns for Robert Horry’s cheap shot hit on Steve Nash when the game was already lost. I say this even though I have been a Spurs fan for many years.

  • SpinMax

    NBA is fixed, I don’t watch it anymore