Last night, in what was probably the most important game of the season for both the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, the final 1:51 of overtime was played without two of the NBA’s biggest stars. That is because both Paul Pierce and LeBron James had fouled out during overtime.No other sport relies on its stars more than the NBA, so it is baffling that they still use this idiotic rule.
No other sport will actually eject a player out of the game for committing what are considered common fouls. And that is why the rule is absurd and needs to change.
Soccer comes close with players being ejected if they receive two yellow cards in a game. But a player must do something deemed egregious in order to earn the yellow cards. Hockey also comes close by removing players from the ice for two minutes when a common foul is committed.
But neither of those sports would dare risk having their biggest stars sitting on the sideline for the most important two minutes of the season just because they did something minor six times.
What’s a better solution? Maybe you give the opponent two shots and the ball for every foul a player commits after the fifth. Or maybe you give the opponent three foul shots on the sixth foul and above.
Either of those are better than watching LeBron and Pierce sitting on their rumps and having a conference finals game decided by inferior players.
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