Apr 21, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) is defended by San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT
We knew it would come. Dwight Howard has openly accused the San Antonio Spurs of flopping, namely Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, according to Inside the Lakers.
With the Los Angeles Lakers down zero games to two, Howard spoke on the Spurs big men for flopping while he was simply posting up.
“I got a lot of my fouls on the offensive end just posting up,” Howard said. “I thought the flopping rule was going to be put in this year. But I guess that’s up for next season.”
Before the start of the playoffs, the NBA released stiffer penalties for those players that are repeat offenders, including possible suspension after the fifth one. The league will also levy fines to players that flop starting at $,5000 for the first flop, $10,000 for a second violation, $15,000 for a third and $30,000 for a fourth.
In game two Howard was whistled for five fouls. Calls that were against him were easy to make. You can’t dip your shoulder into a defender and think that you could get away with it. Or is it because you play for the Lakers that you are supposed to get all the calls?
Yeah, not likely.
He and the Lakers know they are facing a tough stretch in this first round match-up. San Antonio on the other hand is playing good ball on both the offensive and more importantly the defensive end. Howard is trying to do to much for his team which led him into being in-effective in the second half.