The New York Knicks were called for 21 fouls in the first half of a 100-67 demolition at the hands of the Miami Heat in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series on Saturday.
The most absurd call had to be the flagrant foul called on the Knicks' Tyson Chandler against LeBron James. Everyone knew the game would be physical but LeBron really sells this flop better an Italian soccer player.
At halftime with a 23 point Heat advantage, James told a TV reporter, "Tyson got me pretty good. Got a little whiplash in my neck but I'm OK. I mean it's playoff basketball."
The refs originally called it a flagrant-2 against Chandler— which would have meant an automatic ejection— but downgraded it to a flagrant-1 after review.
It wouldn't have mattered.
The Heat ran off a 32-2 stretch at one point to put the game totally out of reach after the Knicks Carmelo Anthony missed his first seven shots. Talk about flopping.
To add injury to insult— literally— a couple of Knicks players carted Iman Shumpert off the court after the point guard collapsed and grabbed his knee while dribbling the ball up court in the third quarter. Shumpert went down on the same spot where the Chandler-James collision took place.
That wasn't a flop.