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Ref calls foul on Grant Hill just for running and falling

We’ve always wondered why refs feel like they have to blow the whistle whenever a player falls to the floor, but a foul really isn’t warranted, assuming the ref was watching carefully.

That’s what happened on Wednesday when Manu Ginobili was willing to sacrifice his arm, elbow and body trying to draw a foul against Grant Hill.

Check out the video on TopFlops.com (our sister site) where you’ll see Ginobiili sticking his arm out in Hill’s path, getting it hyperextended, falling to the floor, taking Hill down with him, and referee David Jones calling a foul on Hill.

Hill should not be penalized for Ginobili being careless enough to put his arm in a position where Hill was going to run into it. If Ginobili’s arm hadn’t gotten stuck on Duncan’s body for a split second and essentially serve as a gate, there probably would have been no foul called. But it’s not Hill’s fault that Ginobili put his arm in such peril.

Sure, play is somewhat disrupted with a player or two on the floor, but for once we’d like to see play continue in a halfcourt situation when two or more players fall to the floor without a whistle being blown.

You usually do NOT see refs blow the whistle if possession of the ball immediately changes, especially if a fast break starts the other way. They probably don’t want to let an exciting, fast break opportunity get stopped just because a couple of players are on the floor after contact is made.

But this interpretation is prone to being abused by players like Ginobili who are willing to get in an opponent’s way, taking his man down with him. In this case, it ended up hurting Ginobili physically. Maybe the pain he suffered will make him less inclined to do it in the future.