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Patrick Beverley calls out ‘flailing’ Nikola Jokic

Flopping is a common occurrence in the NBA playoffs, as players will do whatever it takes to draw a call — especially during key moments in games.

Just look at what took place during the final minute of the Rockets-Thunder first-round series, with that pivotal Game 7 seeing a number of different players fall down in that particular stretch alone. Thunder big man Steven Adams is quite a large guy, yet he hit the deck not once, but twice, during that span.

The reality is that every team flops, when the time is right, but some more than others. And Patrick Beverley recently took aim at one of his opponents who he believes is doing it quite often: Nikola Jokic.

“Jokic presents the same thing that [Luka] Doncic presents,” Beverley said after Game 3. “A lot of flailing, puts a lot of pressure on the referees to make the right calls.”

That’s not the answer we were expecting to a question about the impact Jokic can have on a game, and how Ivica Zubac has been guarding him, but it sure was entertaining. Beverley is a master at getting in his opponents’ heads, both on and off the court.