Video: Tony Allen goes to ridiculous lengths to sell a flagrant foul

On Tuesday night the Memphis Grizzlies overcame an 18-point second half deficit to force overtime in Game 2 of their Western Conference finals series against the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs came through in the extra period, winning the game 93-89 and taking a 2-0 series lead.

The climax of the Grizzlies’ late-game comeback was a four-point possession during the final minute of regulation involving a Manu Ginóbili flagrant foul on Memphis guard Tony Allen, a call that may have been influenced by Allen’s over-the-top reaction.

You’ll notice that Allen’s head never actually struck the floor. So his rolling-around-on-the-floor-while-cradling-his-head act probably wasn’t warranted.

Allen’s theatrics aside, the flagrant foul call was correct. How a player lands and whether or not a player is injured has no bearing on whether or not a foul is considered flagrant. Instead of making a play on the ball, Ginóbili grabbed Allen’s arm and pulled him down while he was in the air and vulnerable, unnecessarily compromising Allen’s safety.

At any rate, Allen wasn’t too woozy to step to the line and hit both of his free throws, trimming the Spurs’ lead to 85-83. Because of the flagrant foul call, the Grizzlies retained possession. Memphis guard Mike Conley then hit the game tying shot with 18 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately for the Grizzlies, their spectacular comeback didn’t result in win, and there’s a good chance that the league will discipline Allen under the NBA’s new no-flopping rule.

GIF from SBNation

GIF from SBNation

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


  1. correct call?!?!?!?!????? he doesn’t grab jersey or pull him down. he puts his hand towards the ball to block it but doesn’t get there and ends up hitting his arm. allen looked like a stupid soccer player.

  2. A couple of years back Tony Allen claimed Manu Ginobili’s arm wasn’t hurt and that Ginobili was faking a broken arm.
    Now Allen does his drama queen act holding his head as if shot although his head never touched the floor and Ginobili never touched his head. Who’s faking now?

  3. Anthony says:

    In the slow motion replay you can clearly see ginobli pull him down by the arm. Yes, he may have been going for a block and missed, but the fact that after he missed, he pulled TA down. I will agree that the act was just that, but it was an F1 regardless.

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