Starting next season, the NBA will likely be implementing what may ultimately turn out to be often known as “The Max Strus Rule.”
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on Friday that the NBA will likely be changing the announcement timing for reviewed shots. The announcement will likely be made as soon because the replay center confirms the decision (once play is stopped at a “neutral” time). A blue light may also illuminate the scorer’s table to signal a forthcoming scoring change, Winderman adds.
Per NBA rules, quick replay review could also be triggered when officials aren’t “reasonably certain” if a made basket was a two-pointer or a three-pointer. At that time, the NBA Replay Center can review the video to find out the right way to rating the basket AND to find out if the shooter committed a boundary line violation (i.e. stepped out-of-bounds on the play).
This rule became the topic of controversy in Game 7 of last yr’s Eastern Coference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. With 11 minutes to go within the third quarter, Heat swingman Max Strus hit a 3 to chop Boston’s result in 56-54. After almost a full three minutes of game motion nevertheless, officials ruled that Strus had stepped out of bounds and wiped away his three-pointer. On the time, the Heat were trailing 65-57. But after Strus’ three was taken off the board (combined with two free throws that Robert Williams was taking on the time), their deficit suddenly became 67-54. Miami ultimately lost by just 4 points (102-98) and even had an actual shot to win it in the ultimate 20 seconds on a Jimmy Butler three attempt.
No matter whether or not you suspect Strus stepped out (you possibly can make that determination for yourself here), the timing of the announcement was awful and tousled the flow of the third quarter for each the teams and their fans. The NBA’s recent rule change will likely be hoping to treatment just that.