Chris Paul appears to flop twice in a matter of seconds
With the Houston Rockets on the brink of elimination, it went without saying that Chris Paul would do all he possibly could to give his team a chance of beating the Golden State Warriors in Game 6. Two flops in a matter of seconds, though? Those histrionics seemed like they might be too much even for one of the league’s preeminent gamers.
But after embellishing contact and falling to the floor while trying to draw a charge on Steph Curry early in Friday night’s game, Paul immediately flopped again, trying to con the officials into blowing their whistle with a new level of shamelessness.
The second floor flop by Chris Paul is innovative pic.twitter.com/kKQrrow7th
— Tas Melas (@TasMelas) May 11, 2019
To be clear, Paul’s first fall isn’t necessary a dive. He anticipated what Curry was doing, squared up his shoulders, set his feet, and prepared his chest for contact, ultimately selling it to a perfectly acceptable extent. But his second flop? It’s absolutely inexplicable, and yet another example of why the future Hall of Famer has quickly become one of the most frustrating players in basketball to watch.
Fortunately, Chris Paul made up for this embarrassing display with one of his most impressive performances of the postseason. He had 27 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in Game 6, but it wasn’t enough to keep Houston’s season alive. Behind 33 points from Steph Curry, all of which came in the second half, and typically stoic performances from Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala, the Warriors beat the Rockets 118-113 in their first full game playing without Kevin Durant to advance to the Western Conference Finals.