Since 2005, as the spokesperson for the Dallas Mavericks, Chuck Cooperstein has played for approximately 1,430 professional basketball games. If you add them together, the time to complete may be only a little less than the last two minutes of the Sun Clippers playoffs on Tuesday night.
If the four timeouts in the last 120 seconds of the Suns’ victory did not make you drowsy, then five replay comments might be. If you are one of the people injured by the Sandman during the lockout period, you will miss the epic ending, with the 104-103 classic game giving the Suns a 2-0 series lead in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
Games that started after 9pm EST ends before midnight. This is almost enough to play a college football game.
“This is a bad thing,” Cooperstein told Sports News.
In recent years, the NBA has been trying to solve the problem of the length of its endgame situation. As of the 2017-18 season, the timeout during this period has been adjusted from 3 times per team in the last two minutes to 2 times per team in the last three minutes. . In a close match, when the action becomes the most intense, this is still four long stoppages. But this may be what the league can do and still allow the team to make the right strategy.
The real problem now is the replay review.
The question of replay review is profound.
1. The type of game considered. One of the problems with the Suns’ replay comment on the Clippers game occurred when the Clippers’ defensive ace Patrick Beverley hit the ball and the Suns star Devin Booker dribbled the ball along the right sideline with 9.3 seconds left in the game. The referee awarded the ball to the Suns. Beverly immediately claimed that officials should review the game, and they did.
After a long delay, the referee returned and withdrew the call. In fact, when Beverly received the ball from Booker, the last contact was Booker’s hand.
But as long as the NBA has been in business, all the way back to 1949, logically speaking, this kind of possession will be given to the Suns. We are talking about the common scene of more than 100,000 games in 72 years. Because the only reason it was out of bounds was Beverly’s action, and his action did not cause the ball to deflect from Booker’s knee or foot-it caused the ball to leave his hand and out of bounds.
“It is absolutely meaningless that outside of the last two minutes of the game, the Clippers will never ask for this. It was originally a Phoenix ball,” Cooperstein said. “Some common sense must be allowed in the referee. This is not common sense.
“Since Naismith’s layup, we have hosted the game in one way. Now we will host it in a different way.”
2. Playback device. The NBA has a replay center that can help game officials provide the ideal camera angle as quickly as possible. Former gaming official Jason Phillips manages the department at the headquarters in New Jersey. The team leader can view the problematic replays and ask other referees for help. “And there is a replay officer there, he should advise them and help them revisit,” Cooperstein said.
These are several different voices or opinions that need to be considered, and in difficult calls, the return to the game may be delayed.
“To me, they seem to want everyone involved,” Cooperstein said. “The entire production seems to be completely overdrawn.”
3. Actual timeout. Since there are no regulations prohibiting players from gathering around the coach to receive guidance during the replay review, the coach will seize every opportunity to develop a strategy. Not only is this counter-intuitive—sometimes unfair to a team that has a timeout available after the opponent runs out of quota—it can also cause delays in resuming play after the review is complete.
Cooperstein believes that the Indiana Pacers’ voice, Mark Boyle, advised the crew captain to check the replays, while the other two officials’ task was to ensure that each team stayed away from their respective benches and coaches. Then, when a call is made, playback is resumed immediately.
If you think this is not a factor, please consider the review of Booker’s out-of-bounds game with 9.3 seconds left from 11:45 PM. After the ball was thrown out of bounds, Clippers forward Paul George was fouled immediately. He missed two free throws. The Suns rebounded and called time. After that break, the Suns missed a three-pointer from Mikal Bridges with 3.3 seconds left in the game and was knocked out of bounds by Los Angeles with 0.9 seconds left in the game. At 11:52 in the evening, the staff initiated another review to ensure that the correct team got the ball.
It took 7 minutes to play 8.4 seconds of basketball.
“NBA, I want to say that the average length of the replay is about 40 seconds, which is good,” Cooperstein said. “Let yourself meet that standard. If you can’t decide, then let us go, let us move on.
“In that sideline game, both sides had enough arguments. By then, you have to make a decision on the court. The initial call was to Phoenix.
“I am a fan of replays. I really am. I definitely think it has its place. But: it has its place, not the ultimate big brother. In many ways it has become because the person in charge of arbitrating the game is afraid of making mistakes. . So they just thought, well, this will save us. There are enough very good officials in the league who know what they are doing and don’t need help.”