COMMENTARY | Like it or not, flopping is a part of the NBA.
As long as it helps them get a call, players will continue to do it without any regrets. While the NBA has made an effort to stop it by introducing warnings and fines for offenders, the ultimate burden falls on the referees to stop giving the benefit of the doubt to players who flop.
This isn't good news for Sullinger and the Celtics, but, in the big picture, it really means very little. He wasn't fined or suspended, so who really cares? Everyone flops, and receiving a warning isn't that big of a deal. I'd probably flop too if I had to guard Dwight Howard. Or, you could just foul him and watch him miss free throws. Either option could work.
Sullinger has been a bright spot on a struggling Celtics team, despite the looming injury concerns and domestic abuse allegations that led to him missing the first game of the year. He's averaging 12.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game on 48.6% shooting from the field in just 21.9 minutes per game. The Boston front court is a little crowded, but Sullinger is continuing to improve upon his strong rookie season that ended abruptly.
Looking forward, Sullinger figures to be a significant part of Boston's plans. Tough rebounders are always in demand, and his game is quickly improving. The major concern will be his health, and now, his flopping, I guess.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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