alienation? Split? Sisyphinization? No matter how you spell it, Jeff Van Gundy thinks it’s happening.
In the fourth quarter of Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals between the Suns and the Clippers on Monday night, Suns forward Jack Lauder was assessed as a flagrant foul after slapped Paul George in the face in a controversial shot. Van Gundy disagreed with this sentence.
Although Crowder’s attempts to counter shots are questionable at best, according to Van Gundy, this is just another example of “the rigidity of the game.”
The replay showed that Crowder clearly blocked George in his face in the next game, meeting the criteria for a flagrant foul (unnecessary contact with the opponent).
Remember, Van Gundy came from different eras of NBA basketball coaches, and the NBA in the 90s was completely different.
“I’m tired of the rigidity of the game.”
— Jeff Van Gundy, once again stunned by a blatant foul
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-Jerit Roser (@JeritRoser) June 29, 2021
George’s 41 points will help the Clippers win the fifth game and push the series to six games. The team will head to Los Angeles. Phoenix leads the series 3-2.
Regardless of the outcome, people were not too satisfied with Van Gundy’s blatant comments and made criticisms (and jokes):
Paul George just played the best and most important game of his career, and Jeff Van Gundy is here to talk about “sissy”-that is, call him a sissy. What have we done to the sports media of these players? But seriously.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 29, 2021