Updated May 22, 2013 - 9:30 am
Grizzlies' Tony Allen wins Overactor of the Year Award
And even though the league has "cracked down" and is fining players for taking dives in attempts to draw fouls on opponents, there is still a healthy amount of the act going on.
Case in point -- Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in San Antonio Tuesday night. In a four-point game with under 30 seconds left, Manu Ginobili of the Spurs loses the ball and Memphis' Zach Randolph passes it ahead to Tony Allen. Ginobili challenges the play, prevents the layup and gets called for a flagrant foul.
Allen writhed on the floor in "pain", holding his head like he was about to die.
Except replays show that not only was Ginobili's foul not flagrant, but Allen's head was never touched by the San Antonio guard -- nor did it hit the floor at any time.
Allen, miraculously healed, would go on to hit both free throws and his teammate, Mike Conley, sent the game into overtime with a jump shot.
However, the Spurs prevailed 93-89 to take a 2-0 series lead.
"Cheaters never prosper," the old saying goes. Well, we guess floppers never win either.
Watch Allen's overacting below: