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Paul fouls Pau: New Levels of Floppiness Discovered

Saw this a while ago, and have been meaning to post this. It's no secret that I find Gasol and Pierce to be among the most egregious floppers on these two teams. Gasol gets hit, and it looks like he got shot out of a cannon. Pierce rubs against the show man on a pick, and his head snaps back as though he just got rear-ended on the freeway. They do it, though, because it continues to work. They get the foul calls. So what would happen, I wondered, if the two of them were involved in a foul? Well, wonder no more, sports fans; here it is. At about the 1:50 mark, with around 2:40 left in Game 7, Ray Allen drives toward the baseline and flips the ball over to Rasheed Wallace, who tries a one-hander from 10 feet. It misses, and Gasol grabs the rebound. The ball gets batted around a bit, then lands in the hands of Ron Artest, who passes it back to Gasol. The Lakers seem unclear as to what to do, and the eight-second count is running down, so Gasol--not entirely alien to ball-handling--starts dribbling downcourt. Waiting at half-court is Pierce. Gasol shifts to his right, and they make contact. It's a definite blocking foul; Pierce slides over to attempt to draw the charge, plus he puts his hands out on Gasol. But the thing to watch here is the epic orgy of head-snapping that ensues. I don't think I've ever seen it like that before. The subsequent slow-motion replay is just icing on the cake.

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