Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2012-13 TFFL: Days 82 & 83, Flop 16 & Ref as Part of Court

During Tuesday night's Thunder-Clippers game, Los Angeles' Caron Butler blocked a shot attempt from Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka, the ball caroming into lead official Derek Richardson and prompting Clippers broadcaster Michael Smith to declare:
That ball hit the ref and bounced back into the court... shouldn't they have played on?
In a word, no. NBA Rule 8-II-a specifies, "the ball is out-of-bounds when it touches a player who is out-of-bounds or any other person, the floor, or any object on, above or outside of a boundary of the supports or back of the backboard." A referee qualifies as "any other person."

Similar language appears in the college (NCAA 7-1-2) and high school (NFHS 7-2-a-2) rules books.

Video: Butler's block careens into Richardson's head; OOB correctly called (LAC/NBA TV)

2012-13 TFFL: Day 83 (11 Games, 4 Technicals, 1 Flop Discipline).
542: 15 Bennett Salvatore, 42 Eric Lewis, 76 Steven Anderson. Heat's Cole; 2nd, 9:09.
The Miami Heat ultimately won the contest, defeating the Toronto Raptors in 1OT, 123-116.

543: 7 Kevin Fehr, 30 John Goble, 55 Bill Kennedy. Lakers' Bryant; 4th, 8:04.
The Memphis Grizzlies ultimately won the contest, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, 106-93.

544: 14 Ed Malloy, 65 Sean Wright, 31 Scott Wall. Timberwolves' Porter; 3rd, 8:40.
The Brooklyn Nets ultimately won the contest, defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 91-83.

545: 19 James Capers, 66 Haywoode Workman, 59 Gary Zielinski. Thunder's Sefolosha; 2nd, 0:00.0.
The Golden State Warriors ultimately won the contest, defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-99.

Flopping 16: OKC Kevin Martin (2nd, $5,000 fine), Thunder vs. Nuggets (1/20/13, Video [Foul Called = No]).

2012-13 TFFL: Day 82 (4 Games, 1 Technical).
540: 43 Dan Crawford, 27 Dick Bavetta, 75 Eric Dalen. Magic's Davis; 3rd, 7:23.
The Detroit Pistons ultimately won the contest, defeating the Orlando Magic, 105-90.

541: 9 Derrick Stafford, 63 Derek Richardson, 40 Leon Wood. Clippers' Odom; 4th, 0:32.6.
The Oklahoma City Thunder ultimately won the contest, defeating the Los Angeles Clippers, 109-97.

1. (126 pts) Boredcravens.
2. (120 pts) Bino.
3. (108 pts) Drjjulius.
4. (105 pts) flap0703.
5. (97 pts) JeremyJ.


Russ said...

Not related to the NBA, but check out this post from Honig's facebook page. It confirms the three hires posted here as well as the retirements and new CC's.

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