Jordan Poole draws foul on Marcus Smart with outrageous flop (Video)

Jordan Poole draws foul on Marcus Smart with shameless flop, Celtics vs. Warriors, NBA Finals Game 5, 6/13/2022

Golden State Warriors shooting guard Jordan Poole fooled the officials in Monday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals by drawing a foul on Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart with a shameless flop worthy of an Academy Award. 

It happened in the fourth quarter with the Warriors holding an 82-74 lead. Smart was boxing out Poole as he positioned himself to receive the inbounds pass from Jayson Tatum. As Smart held his arm on Poole's chest, Poole shoved Smart's left arm out of his way. Smart instinctively responded by throwing his arm back towards Poole and, even though there was no contact, Poole threw his head back and grabbed his face as if he had been smacked. That performance was good enough to draw the foul call. No way this should have been called a foul, so bad job by the officials here. However, Smart has gotten away with his share of flops over his career, so maybe it was karma coming back to bite him. 

The Warriors won the game 104-94 to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series, so Smart will get a chance at revenge on Thursday night.

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