Kings notes: Evans, Clippers' Paul receive flop warnings

Published: Friday, Mar. 22, 2013 - 12:05 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Tuesday's win over the Los Angeles Clippers might have been the Kings' best home victory of the season, considering the opponent.

But it also was a game the NBA deemed to have had too much acting.

Kings guard Tyreke Evans and Clippers guard Chris Paul both received warnings for flopping during the game.

The league defines flopping "as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."

"The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact."

Evans was ruled to have flopped in the third quarter when Clippers forward Matt Barnes ran into his back.

Evans slid in front of Barnes to initiate the contact and threw his head back. It was enough to draw a foul call on Barnes.

Paul's acting attempt drew no foul call and involved no contact with another player.

Paul flailed his arms and threw his head back in an attempt to make it appear as though Kings center DeMarcus Cousins had fouled him.

Cousins said it was "crazy" how bad Paul's acting was.

"Yeah, that was pretty bad," Cousins said of Paul's flop. "He does it all the time. Hopefully, they'll catch him some more."

Evans is the first King to receive a warning under the rule implemented this season to prevent flopping.

When told he was the first King to receive a warning, Evans was surprised Cousins hadn't beaten him to it.

"With all the flopping he do, he should have got one," Evans said. "But it is what it is. I didn't get fined. Hopefully, it won't happen again."

The next flopping violation will mean a $5,000 fine.

More on flops – Thursday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena included one of four players who have been called for two flops this season.

Minnesota guard J.J. Barea has been called twice for flops. His first came in the Timberwolves' season opener against the Kings.

Et cetera – Jason Thompson left Tuesday's game after a collision with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan led to stitches above his right eye.

Thompson was back in the lineup Thursday with a bandage above the eye.

• Kings forward James Johnson was not with the team for a fifth consecutive game for personal reasons. There is no timetable for his return.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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