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Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford: ‘We’re not floppers’

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside accused Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lin of flopping in this playoff series.
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside accused Charlotte Hornets Cody Zeller and Jeremy Lin of flopping in this playoff series. AP

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford says Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has no basis for accusing the Hornets of flopping.

Whiteside, who grew up in Gastonia, vented frustration after Game 4 of the playoff series, claiming Hornets center Cody Zeller and guard Jeremy Lin were allowed to flop by the referees.

"You know, I just need to do a better job of looking out for Cody flopping," Whiteside said after the Hornets evened the best-of-7 series at 2-2.

Then Whiteside implied that Lin, who took nine free throws in Game 4, bought some calls with his reaction to contact.

"We’ve just got to watch out for him because he likes to throw his arms into people," Whiteside said of Lin.

Clifford was unaware of Whiteside’s comments until a reporter brought up the subject at shootaround Wednesday. Whiteside said the playoffs were becoming "flop-offs.

Clifford said that’s not the case, adding that if either team is known for flopping, it’s the Heat.

"I watched the film really closely," Clifford said. "If you want to get into career flopping between the two rosters, it wouldn’t be close. We don’t have anybody that flops. We haven’t had a flopping issue all year.

"The NBA comes out with reports (on fouls called in the last two minutes of close games). I would say if you read those reports, I can’t see why they’d have any complaints with the officials. And neither do we, but they certainly shouldn’t."

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