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Tavon Austin flops, plays dead after punt return (Video)

Tavon Austin may have provided the most comical moment of Monday Night Football between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks when he flopped and played dead after making a fair catch on a punt return in the fourth quarter.

As if flopping to the ground and playing dead wasn’t great enough in itself, contrast that with the fact that Austin initiated contact by dipping into Heath Farwell before flopping.

Look at him laying there on the ground. Get this guy a chalk outline!

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Dirk Nowitzki flops during charity soccer game (Video)

Dirk-Nowitzki-soccer-flopBasketball season has officially ended in the NBA, but Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki is still looking for calls. Dirk and a team of All-Star soccer players participated in a charity soccer game recently to help promote youth education and interest in soccer. At one point, the big fella drew a penalty with some fantastic acting.

As you can see, Wolfsburg’s Marcel Schafer went to the ground for an attempted slide tackle and Nowitzki immediately reacted by face-planting like he had been tripped. He got the call, and Schafer looked legitimately angry about it despite the fact that it was a charity event.

Perhaps this will give you a better understanding of Dirk’s opinion on the NBA’s new flopping rules. He has clearly mastered the art — both on the court and the pitch.

Chris Bosh flops, fails on halftime dunk (Video)

The Miami Heat won Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Thursday 109-93 to even their series with the San Antonio Spurs at two, so he can laugh about it now, but Chris Bosh had a rough couple of minutes there in the second quarter.

First Bosh was caught flopping as he was fighting Tim Duncan for position in the lower block. Just as Gary Neal was driving the lane, Bosh went flying as he pretended like he was savagely pushed by Duncan. Replays showed it was mostly an act. It paid off at the time; Duncan was called for a moving screen, giving the ball to the Heat, but Bosh will likely be hit with a fine from the league.

Then there was Bosh getting Duncan on a pump fake and driving to the basket for a monster dunk right before halftime. The only problem is Bosh went soaring a split-second too late, and the buzzer went off right before he threw down the jam.

You can see that video below:

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Paul George to Mario Chalmers: ‘stop flopping’ (Video)

Paul George stop floppingPaul George had a message for Mario Chalmers after the Miami Heat guard tried flopping on him during Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Indiana Pacers forward was dribbling beyond the 3-point line and deciding what he would do. As he backed up into Chalmers, Chalmers flopped, giving George a wide open look. George took the three and made it to put Indiana up 17-15 in the first quarter. Chalmers didn’t get the call from the refs, but he heard it from George on the Heat’s trip up the floor.

“Stop flopping!” George barked at Chalmers. “Stop flopping! Flopping a– n—–.”

Flopping has been a huge issue throughout the series. Lance Stephenson flopped on Ray Allen in Game 4, and then LeBron James and David West were fined for flopping on the same play in Game 4. And in Game 6, LeBron James, who said in the past that he doesn’t flop, flopped on George. This time it was James’ teammate flopping on George. Maybe the players will be less inclined to flop if they’re not getting the calls.

H/T Mike P

LeBron James facing fine after flop on Paul George (Video)

LeBron flop Paul GeorgeLeBron James was already fined once for flopping during the Eastern Conference finals, and he’s likely facing another fine after flopping again.

LeBron was trying to defend Paul George, who was coming off a screen in the third quarter. James cut in front of the screen and ran into George, and then flopped after the two made contact. George was called for an offensive foul because of LeBron’s acting, but replays showed James completely faked being hit.

James and Indiana’s David West were each fined $5,000 for flopping on this play during Game 4. Since flopping has been a big issue between these teams, James was asked for his thoughts on the matter. He defended the practice by saying he’d do anything to give his team an advantage. In this case, the flop worked, though he will likely be fined $10,000 for it.

Here’s a multi-angle look at the flop in GIF form:

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Lance Stephenson flops on Ray Allen (Video)

Lance Stephenson flopLance Stephenson was off to another hot start for the Indiana Pacers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, but he did get into it with Ray Allen for a blatant flop.

Stephenson hit a runner just before the first quarter of the game ended. After he made the shot, he appeared to get hit with an elbow from Allen. Stephenson reacted as if he had been hit by the elbow, which he wasn’t.

The flop by Stephenson comes at a notable time in the series; LeBron James was criticized for supposedly flopping against the Chicago Bulls, and he was quoted before the game saying that it can give a team a competitive advantage. If James endorses the art of embellishing contact, then he can’t be mad at Stephenson, can he?

Here’s a look at the flop in GIF form:

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Pablo Prigioni flopped all over against the Celtics (Video)

Pablo Prigioni flopPablo Prigioni got his flop on against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 on Friday night. The Knicks guard flopped at least twice during the game — once in the second quarter (video above) and another time in the third quarter (video below).

In both cases a Celtics player jumped and landed on Prigioni, so both foul calls were legitimate. However, especially in the case of the second flop, Prigioni completely exaggerated how much he was hit.

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