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Rudy Gobert learns painful lesson about why you shouldn't flop

August 20, 2020

We're not sure if Rudy Gobert has ever read "The Boy Who Cried Wolf." But even if the Utah Jazz center isn't aware of the famed fable, he learned its lesson on his own during Wednesday night's NBA Playoffs.

Early in a Western Conference first-round game against the Denver Nuggets, Gobert, trying to draw an offensive foul on Nikola Jokic, gave a mighty flop. It didn't work. And then, it actually wound up backfiring.

As Jokic continued his move toward the basket he wound up actually elbowing Gobert in the chin and knocking him on his back. Unfortunately for the flopping Frenchman, the refs didn't buy it. Have a look:

Good for the ref. Enough's enough with this flopping stuff. Also, that was just bad acting. But Gobert had the last laugh on Jokic and the Nuggets in the Jazz win to even the series at one game apiece. Check out this absurd block, which looked more like a volleyball spike:

That's more like it, Rudy. You're the two-time reigning NBA defensive player of the year! Act like it!