Mario Chalmers deserves an Oscar.
The Miami Heat guard delivered an impressive acting performance in the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday afternoon. While defending on a fast break, Chalmers responded to light contact made by guard Tony Parker by flinging his body backward and throwing his arms into the air. The incident resulted in an offensive foul on Parker and gave the Heat possession.
“Come on, Mario!” Pleads commentator Jeff Van Gundy.
“Parker is stronger than he appears,” jokes colleague Mike Breen.
This isn’t the first time Chalmers has put himself into the center of the flopping conversation. Just last Tuesday, the NBA issued the 27-year-old with a warning for almost the exact same thing:
There are 21 other players who have received warnings for flopping this season, including Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Kevin Love and Corey Brewer, San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight and center Zaza Pachulia, Houston Rockets guard James Harden and forward Chandler Parsons, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless and forward Jared Sullinger, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson, Golden State Warriors forward/center Marreese Speights, Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks and Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson.
Stephenson, Harden and Brewer have all been fined $5,000 each for recurring violations.
To make matters worse for the Spurs, they ended up losing the game 113-101. Chalmers dropped 16 points, on 6-of-8 shooting and dished out 7 assists while Parker tallied 11 points, on 4-of-9 shooting and recorded 7 assists as well.