Jeff Van Gundy gets heat for ‘sissification of the game’ comment during Suns-Clippers Game 5
Sissyfication? Sissification? Sissyphication? However you spell it, Jeff Van Gundy thinks it’s happening.
In the fourth quarter of Monday night’s Western Conference finals Game 5 between the Suns and Clippers, Phoenix forward Jae Crowder was assessed a flagrant foul after slapping Paul George in the face on a contested shot, a call with which Jeff Van Gundy didn’t agree.
While Crowder’s attempt to contest the shot was questionable at best, according to Van Gundy it was just another example of “the sissification of the game.”
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Replays showed Crowder clearly decked George in the face on the follow-through, satisfying the criteria of a flagrant foul (unnecessary contact to the opponent).
Keep in mind that Van Gundy comes from coaching in a different era of NBA basketball, with the ’90s NBA a much different beast altogether.
George’s 41 points would help power the Clippers to a Game 5 win and push the series to six games with the teams heading to Los Angeles. Phoenix leads the series 3-2.
Regardless of the outcome, people weren’t too happy with Van Gundy’s commentary on the flagrant and offered criticism (and jokes):
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