Posted June 19, 2013

NBA: Tim Duncan illegally entered Game 6 for crucial possession

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Tim Duncan should not have entered Game 6 during an officials’ review. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tim Duncan should not have entered Game 6 during an officials’ review. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tim Duncan’s role in the Spurs’ final play of the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ Game 6 loss to the Heat could have set off a firestorm of controversy if the Spurs won in regulation. The NBA has confirmed that Duncan, in fact, was illegally on the court.

As first reported by Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports, Duncan, illegally entered the game while officials reviewed Ray Allen’s game-tying three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining and was on the court when Tony Parker missed an off-balance, fadeaway jumper at the end of regulation.

From Yahoo! Sports:

Teams are not allowed to substitute players during referee reviews, because reviews aren’t technically a dead ball situation.

Think about that. Tim Duncan could have capped a legendary career with a game-winning shot to win the 2013 NBA Finals, and it wouldn’t have even been legal. And there wouldn’t have been anything the referees – considering the NBA’s current in-game rules regarding mulligans – could have done about it.

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If Parker made the shot, and the Spurs won Game 6, Duncan’s illegal substitution likely would have led the Heat to file a protest, and the results could have been historic, as CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger imagines:

If the Heat had won the protest, the Heat and Spurs — and all the rest of us — would’ve had to reconvene in Miami to pick up Game 6 from the point where the rule was misapplied with 5.2 seconds left and the score tied at 95.

The nightmare scenario, of course, would’ve been Duncan himself winning the game with a basket or putback, or at the foul line. But even if it wasn’t Duncan who’d scored, any San Antonio basket in that situation would’ve resulted in a Miami protest and, quite possibly, a do-over.

Wow.

Just in case you’re wondering, there are no provisions in the rulebook for Miami to complain about the error on the spot and for the officials to huddle and wave off a basket if San Antonio had scored. The issue would’ve needed to be addressed through the protest procedure.

If the Heat had lost in overtime, they still could’ve filed a protest but would’ve had little, if any, chance of winning it. It has to be demonstrated that the misapplication of the rule directly influenced the outcome of the game. The only way for that to have happened in this case was San Antonio scoring on the final possession of regulation and winning the game — and its fifth championship — only to have to return at some point later and try to do it again.

If you can’t believe you’re reading this, join the club. I can’t believe I’m writing it, either.


84 comments
aquilla65
aquilla65

Ha ha; He tried to pull an Obama!



gdunk
gdunk

I am far more interested in  the leagues explanation for why Ray Allen was not called for hacking Manu at the end of the game.  It's become know as the "Foul Seen Around the World" -- but not called.  Hmmmm

GarionGabeHines
GarionGabeHines

Glad the referees,blew that call too,just like they didn't have the balls to call the last two fouls on Miami! ijs

sugaslim
sugaslim

im glad they caught it 3 days after the fact.com,plete waste of time. what r u gonna give the spurs a tech now?? fools

David181
David181

What does it matter?  The refs didn't call any calls against the Heat in the final two possessions when the Spurs were hacked and knocked to the floor.  Then you have these MORON's for ABC announcers saying "is that a foul in the first 46 minutes?  Yes, it is, but not in the last two minutes".  What the hell kind of logic is that?????  A foul is a FOUL, no matter what the clock says.

PhileasFogg
PhileasFogg

NBA stands for Narcissistic Bad Actors. There shouldn't be a playoff, they should just be eligible for the Emmy awards. unwatchable garbage, has become just like wrestling when they take a flop and negotiate the foul.

gooberticket
gooberticket

Don Crawford was so busy second-guessing his comrade's 3-pt call on Ray's shot, he didn't notice the illegal substitution. Don Crawford needs to retire.

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

Why did the refs call the time out and keep the ball from SA as a guy was open down court.  The really screwed the pooch on this one.  Miami has their special group of refs on the floor in game 6, should be interesting to see who is on in game 7.

THOMAS45
THOMAS45

lousy cheating no good rats butts commie cheaters!

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

The Heat, like their fan base, have no heart and deserve to lose.  The fans leave early, the players may or may not show up to play ball. The only certainty being lots and lots of flops and whining to refs. 

Cherrie
Cherrie

So you want Tim Duncan suspended for Game 7? Hahaha! This is a championship series, and the Heat won Game 6, so what are you trying to make a big issue of?

mwr5053
mwr5053

The NBA is just a mess when it comes to officiating. David Stern can tell you all about it - but he won't.

Jeff S
Jeff S

To all fans who are complaining about fouls not getting called... It's the championship.  The refs let them play, and that's how it should always be.  It's no coincidence that was arguably a top 5 game of all time.

ACKBAR1138
ACKBAR1138

Not sure if serious. No way the NBA would have made them go back a day later and replay the last 5.2 seconds of game 6 AFTER the Spurs had already been crowned champs-a day or two before, had the ceremony on the court and locker room with Stern handing them the trophy. That would never, ever have happened.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

You heat fans might as well sew your mouths onto Lebum's jocks.

Revsoul2
Revsoul2

This would be a dead point if Duncan wasn't pulled in the first place. WHY was he off the floor?

Chris Saunders
Chris Saunders

LoL! How about someone point out how the refs completely screwed the Spurs on that play as well? By calling for a review on a three that was completely clear, it wasn't even a close call. But it did accomplish what the NBA wanted.... a little more drama to the Finals! The Spurs were going to be able to inbound the ball INSTANTLY to Tony Parker, while they Heat were scrambling back and giving themselves high fives. Who knows what would have happened, but we have seen multiple times where Parker goes the length of the court for an easy layup. The refs screwed the Spurs, so of course the Spurs took advantage of the REFS MISTAKE!

horstradoomus1
horstradoomus1

Would it have mattered anyway? Ginobli was crucified on his overtime drive to the basket and the officials were too chicken to make the right call. They were just chanting in their heads "gotta have a game seven", "gotta get one more paycheck".

The Dude
The Dude

@David181 You haven't been watching the NBA very long or well, have you?

PanzerDSS
PanzerDSS

"MORON'S for ABC". 

The moron's what?  What does the moron possess?

BIGROB305
BIGROB305

@DeanHewitt Genius then why has the Spurs shot 34 more FTS? Why wasn't Ginobili tagged with a flagrant or ejected for elbowing Lebron on the throat? In the 4th with 58 seconds left Parker hit a shot and travelled at the same time and got the bucket! How come Parker and Ginobili get away with constant flopping? Stop crying, if any one is getting ref help that would be the Spurs!

The Dude
The Dude

@nature boy ric f. As opposed to people like you who whine and whine ... Boo hoo the refs cheated oh boo hoo.the heat flopped boo hoo.

jwats19731
jwats19731

@Jeff S Yes suspend the rules during the championship series. Allow players to bash one another in the face while charging in for a dunk...The Spurs were awarded 28 FTA to Miami's 21, despite the Heat working the paint aggressively, DW had ONE trip to the line IN THE GAME....despicable officiating.


ddodson
ddodson

@Jeff S You are correct, except for the fact that the ref's forgot about it being a 'championship series' back in 2006....it is what it is now and I know that, just giving my two cents

THOMAS45
THOMAS45

@Nate the Pate please take your closeted sexual fantasies to the appropriate place.
we are here to talk sports.

Jeff S
Jeff S

@Revsoul2I was dumbfounded that he wasn't out there either, and I think it had something to do with Bosh rolling up on his knee at the end.  I don't think it had anything to do with a switch-on-everything play.  He's Tim Duncan for God's sake.  Would Bosh have gotten that rebound if Duncan had been in there?  We'll never know.

JonathanD
JonathanD

@Revsoul2 Because it was a switch-on-everything play, and Duncan is too slow to switch onto a Heat three-point shooter and cover him behind the line.

JBockert
JBockert

@Chris Saunders  More importantly, the Spurs got an extra time out. If know anything you know that Popovich would have preferred the time out so that he could one, get Duncan in the game, which he did illegally and two, instruct the team on what play to run. 

Cool
Cool

@Chris Saunders True sportsman you turn out to be.. if the refs are stupid, just cheat, that will show them!?!  Wish I knew what you said about Tiger Woods drop.

dominos00@yahoo.com
dominos00@yahoo.com

I love it when I see all these Miami Hater's crying because James gets another championship.....You hater's can no longer boast that James has no 'rings'.....hehehe...... many more to come..... @horstradoomus1 

JonathanD
JonathanD

@horstradoomus1 If the refs made the right call, and got Ginobli for traveling, there still would have been a game 7.

I'm amazed by you conspiracy theorists.  If the refs really wanted a game 7, would they have let it come down to a desperation 3 with 5 seconds left?

ssgtrjd101
ssgtrjd101

@horstradoomus1 It's past your bedtime you little whiny crybaby, go to bed and keep quiet around grownups.

ssgtrjd101
ssgtrjd101

@horstradoomus1 Another whiny crybaby comment. Please just go home and go to bed, it's past your bedtime little baby.

LonnieTruman
LonnieTruman

He picked up his dribble at the 3- line and took 3 gigantic steps. That dude hasn't been fouled on over half of the foul calls that he has been given.

mwr5053
mwr5053

@RobertJacke @mwr5053 Thanks for the breaking news.....Listen, Stern wouldn't do anything if he was to stick around on the job for another ten yrs.

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

@JonathanD @Revsoul2 That maybe true, but the Spurs had no rebounding help, any maybe Duncan could gotten those 2 rebounds at the end of the game and the heat may not had 2 put backs, but its water under the bridge, on to game 7 and a Spurs win

Saqalicious
Saqalicious

@JBockert @Chris Saunders Actually, if you watch the replay, Pop was pissed at the refs for reviewing the three (you can hear him yelling "You can't do that"). That's because the review let Miami set their defense.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@Cool @Chris Saunders Woods is a confirmed cheat since his junior days, not much to say really. Not a surprise though, he's been pretty consistent ethically and morally...

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@JonathanD @horstradoomus1Ginobili was in the process of collecting the ball in a sea of hand checks. I wouldn't have called it either. If he had possession he was fouled, if he didn't it's not a travel. NEXT!

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@NoahFabian @horstradoomus1 Ginobili was in the process of collecting the ball in a sea of hand checks. I wouldn't have called it either. If he had possession he was fouled, if he didn't it's not a travel. NEXT!

Senorglory
Senorglory

Rather than address hastradamoomus's point, instead you change the topic to some other balogna grievances you have against Ginobili. How does it matter if Ginobili wasn't called on some play earlier in the game? You don't fix those with a bogus call later. I hate you.

JLOUC
JLOUC

HAHAHAHAHA!!! That's funny. "get shot punk!" hahahaha!!!!

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@JonathanD @horstradoomus1 They'll call a finger tap foul in open court when the losing team is trying to send the leaders to the foul line intentionally, but won't call someone being mugged and raped while trying to ascend to the hoop in the paint. Now that's criminal...

LonnieTruman
LonnieTruman

@Nate the Pate @LonnieTruman Do you mean after the illegal screen the Splitter set, where he almost rode Allen off the floor, or after Green shuffled his feet 3-4 times to get set to shoot the ball?????

DeanHewitt
DeanHewitt

@JBockert James used his left arm to push off and should have been called for a foul.  The play showed a clean block also, and the ball definitely went off James.  James complained about all three parts of the play.

Senorglory
Senorglory

The dumbest thing that you could possibly say, is for you to cry about Lebron not getting calls. "Idiot" is the correct term.

JBockert
JBockert

You really are an idiot. What about Green's foul on Lebron the play before? What about Duncan going over Miller's back on a rebound and them calling a foul on Miller. What about the karate chop to millers face and no foul call? Dude, the Spurs wouldn't have even been in the game had the refs not gift wrap ten points worth of absurd calls for them. You jokers must not know a dang thing about basketball.