The NBA fined Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rule during Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.
Officials called a flagrant foul on Manu Ginobili for grabbing Allen’s arm as the Grizzlies guard drove to the basket with 26.1 seconds left in regulation Tuesday night. Allen hit the court and rolled over, holding his hands to his head. Replay showed the Grizzlies guard never hit his head on the court.
Allen hit both free throws, and the Grizzlies also got the ball to force overtime. The Spurs won 93-89 in overtime.
TORNADO RELIEF: The American Red Cross will be accepting donations from fans attending the Memphis Grizzlies’ next two home games in the Western Conference finals against San Antonio, and Allen will match those gifts.
Allen played at Oklahoma State in college.
NUGGETS: Masai Ujiri has done a masterful job of reshaping Denver into a Western Conference contender ever since Carmelo Anthony forced his way out of Denver.
With nary an All-Star this season, the Nuggets won a franchise record 57 games and went an NBA-best 38-3 at home, helping Ujiri garner the NBA’s Executive of the Year honor to go with George Karl’s Coach of the Year award.
Now, the Nuggets reportedly might lose Ujiri.
Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that the Nuggets are allowing Ujiri to meet with the Toronto Raptors about their GM vacancy.
OBIT: Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, has died at age 72.
The Los Angeles Times reports Robinson died Thursday at an LA hospital from cancer.
The reserve guard was dubbed “Mr. Instant Point” by Lakers announcer Chick Hearn.
He averaged nearly 10 points in 16 minutes off the bench during the season.
Robinson averaged 14 points per game during his professional career. He was an All-Star with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1969-1970 season and during his eight years in the NBA also played for the Cincinnati Royals, Chicago Bulls and Baltimore Bullets.
His final season was 1973-1974, playing for the San Diego Conquistadors of the defunct American Basketball Association.