The Aussies simply lowered their heads. Another close call. Another disappointment. As upset as he was at losing, Bogut was equally angry about the officiating. “They fall over and get fouls and go to the free throw line the whole game,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. You just dive into guys recklessly and get calls like that. It’s tough to play like that.”
And that had also to do with the decisions of the referees. Krzyzewski also addressed this matter: “It was a different atmosphere in there tonight. Those are three of the top officials in international basketball. We’ve had them in big games and I’d want them again. They’re really good. Whatever was happening there, they felt they had to take control. But it became very sensitive, in other words, you better not say or even ask a question. I thought what they did at the start of the second half in bringing the coaches and the captains together, we just said, “let’s play basketball.” I thought the second half was much better. It’s their game. They know what they’re doing and we have to adjust to it. It made it a different atmosphere, let’s put it that way. And for both teams. That’s why I’m really proud of my team”.
“In looking at the data and numerous potential solutions to combat the large increase in deliberate away-from-the-play foul situations, we believe these steps offer the most measured approach,” NBA Executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said. “The introduction of these new rules is designed to curb the increase in such fouls without eliminating the strategy entirely.” Silver said “our projections are that with the rule changes we put in place, we’ll reduce roughly 45% of the incidents of the away-from-the-play fouls right now.”
Teams can still utilize Hack-a-Shaq, but these rules are an initial attempt to reduce the number of times it happens during the season. “I’ve said it before, for example, when Hack-a-Shaq (is) done something like more than roughly ten times a game, it adds about 15 minutes to the length of the game,” Silver said at his NBA Finals news conference. “Not only is that something that is bad for our network partners, but for all of the fan research we have shows that the fans hate it. So there may be a compromise in there where we can cut it down significantly. It still remains an advantage for those teams that don’t have one of those players or, said differently, a disadvantage to those teams.”