Mike Bresnahan: Bad news for Dwight, DeAndre, et al: Most GMs not in favor of a change in Hack-A-Shaq rules, NBA Commish Adam Silver said.
Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” A league source says that almost 80% of this season’s hacking was done to five players: Jordan, Andre Drummond of Detroit and Howard, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey of Houston.
A day later, the league’s Last Two Minute report confirmed that the call was right. “After communicating with the Replay Center, the ruling on the court that Pierce’s (WAS) successful three-point field goal was released before time expired was overturned,” the report said. There wasn’t really any controversy about this at the time; the video seemed to show fairly clearly that the ball was still touching Pierce’s hand as the red lights went on, indicating that the clock had run out. But the publishing of these reports continues to be a welcome effort at transparency nonetheless.
Silver on Bleacher Report Radio: A few people came back to me and said, “Not so fast.” You can actually look at the data, Nielsen data, minute by minute. And in fact, when we look at the data, it’s not so clear people are turning the channel. In some cases, people are fascinated by the strategy. So, I’m not saying that should be the final answer, but just looking at it from an entertainment matter, we should make sure look at the data to to see if people are truly turning out because of a Hack-a-Shaq strategy.
Jeff Zillgitt: No downgrade, no further penalty/punishment for Bulls F Taj Gibson. twitter.com/Chris_Coffel/s…
Chris Mannix: Thibodeau calls Gibson ejection “bizarre.” Shakes his head. Offers no further comment. vine.co/v/eKW3TmFKPjB
Vincent Goodwill: What’s the point of having replay if you don’t punish the initiator? And classy Cavs fans threw stuff at Gibson on his way out. Real classy
Steve Kyler: Because it’s relevant NBA rules require same ball to be used for entire game. A ball is picked randomly, each team approves it prior to tip. This is why game balls are toweled off when they knock over a beer/soda – game ball can only be changed if it is damaged
John Schuhmann: NBA says that Muscala should have been called for an illegal screen in last minute last night: on.nba.com/1KVzU7m No other missed calls.