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Suns coach Vogel: ‘The league has got to look all the flopping that Lu Dort does’

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - MARCH 24: Luguentz Dort #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder reacts during the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on March 24, 2024 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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This sounded like a coach trying to lay some groundwork for a potential first-round playoff matchup.

Luguentz Dort was hit with a flopping penalty in the second quarter of the Thunder’s comfortable win over the Suns on Friday night. Dort is one of the more physical perimeter defenders in the league, he crowds the ball-handler’s space and part of his game is drawing offensive fouls. He sells some of those — Friday wasn’t his first flopping penalty. Saturday, Suns coach Frank Vogel called Dort out on it and asked the league to do something about it (via Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic).

The Thunder are currently tied for the No. 1 seed in the West and will finish with a top-three seed in the conference. The Suns are currently the No. 7 seed in the West. While both are in tight races and things could shift, a first-round playoff matchup between the teams is undoubtedly possible.

Which is why Vogel’s statement to reporters sounds like someone trying to lay the foundation for complaints he might make in a first-round series. A little pre-emptive working of the referees.

It’s also not going to change how Dort defends. He is who he is, and it’s effective, he is one of the league’s better perimeter defenders.