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NBA rules not clear on Game 6 skirmish

Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 10:18 pm

MIAMI -- Guess what folks? If there is a Game 7 in the NBA Finals, the league office will have a very difficult interpretation to make regarding players who left the bench during a second-quarter skirmish in Game 6.

After a timeout had already been called, the Heat's Udonis Hasmel and the Mavericks' DeShawn Stevenson got into a shoving match after Eddie House had hit a 3-pointer to give Miami a 42-40 lead with 6:25 left in the quarter. Several players on both teams had already begun walking onto the floor for the timeout when the altercation broke out.

Miami's Mario Chalmers, who was in the game at the time, rushed in to confront Stevenson and escalated the altercation. All three players received technical fouls.

But here's where it gets interesting: What happens to the players who were not in the game, who had started walking onto the floor for the timeout, and who got involved in the fracas? Players such as, for example, LeBron James?

A league official said Sunday night that no such players will be automatically suspended for leaving the bench during an altercation, but, "We need to review the circumstances of this particular incident, which we will do, after the game."

From page 43, Section VII, subsection (a) of the NBA rulebook:

During an altercation, all players not participating in the game must remain in the immediate vicinity of their bench. Violators will be suspended, without pay, for a minimum of one game and fined up to $50,000. The suspensions will commence prior to the start of their next game.

The rules do not differentiate among bench players entering the court during a live-ball altercation and those who'd already left the vicinity of the bench for other reasons -- such as the end of a quarter or timeout. The spirit of the rules would seem to give the players who already were on the floor when the skirmish broke out the benefit of the doubt, but if the Heat extended the series to a seventh game, the league office would have a pretty important call to make. 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:17 am

NBA rules not clear on Game 6 skirmish

That rule was bullshit when it started and its bullshit now.  Stern is a jackass for implementing this rule.  I still hate him for screwing over the Suns that one year with this horrible rule.  Suspend someone if they do damage in a skirmish...don't suspend them for trying to break it up...its really that simple.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 12:06 am

NBA rules not clear on Game 6 skirmish

if stern had gotten a game 7 they would have cut dallas so short on this call and maybe suspended chalmers for miami. HMMMMM i think stern tried to get the championship for the heat. Refs were all over dallas and barely on miami. i'm suprised they called that T. Oh well dallas wins. Lebrons done for another year. He shouldve stayed with the cavs cuz karmas a bitch

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 10:20 pm

NBA rules not clear on Game 6 skirmish

This all could be irrelevant if Dallas wins tonight.  I hope I'm wrong, but I see the heavy, greedy hand of David Stern mandating a Game Seven.

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