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Vogel calls Heat the NBA's biggest floppers

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08:12 AM ET 05.11 | Heat-Pacers jumped out to an early start Thursday with Pacers head coach Frank Vogel offering the first salvo. "They are the biggest flopping team in the NBA," Vogel said. "It will be very interesting to see how the referees officiate this series and how much flopping they reward. Every time you drive to the basket, they've got guys not making a play on the ball, but sliding in front of drivers, often times they're falling down before contact is even made. It'll be very interesting to see how this series is officiated." That said, Vogel insisted his team is good enough that it won't need special consideration to make it a series. "I think we're embracing the challenge," he said.

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May 11, 2012  08:20 AM ET

The feeding of the officials has begun.

May 11, 2012  08:25 AM ET

D Wade is on the floor at least 7 times a game. He seems incapable of taking a shot without flinging both arms and legs. He then expects to get a call and in most cases....he does.

Lebron's delayed snap back of his head on one of his most recent flops was disgraceful. Two of the league's biggiest stars are also two of its biggest floppers.

May 11, 2012  08:39 AM ET

LOL Is that really what you want to start the series off with....It just went from a 6 game series to 5....

May 11, 2012  08:51 AM ET

This is trying to give referees something to think about. Jackson, Pop, Riley (among others) have always done this.

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May 11, 2012  09:06 AM ET

Vogel Channeling the almighty Phil Jackson it seems...

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May 11, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Every team has floppers it has become the new trend it makes the game so cheesy.

May 11, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Tell Us Something We Didn't Know VOGEL!!!!!!! JUST BEAT THE HEAT!!!!! (So the Celtics Don't Have Too!!)

May 11, 2012  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Every team has floppers it has become the new trend it makes the game so cheesy.

Spot on with that, it becomes more about theatrics than playing basketball, it cheapens the game.

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