NBA to consider giving refs more replay rights
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league is considering giving game officials the autonomy to review more plays.
Currently, the league sets a limit on what is reviewable during the game. But two plays that occurred this week highlighted the possible need for expanded replay.
"So far, in terms of all of our triggers, we've tried to maintain a line of what is clearly objectively ascertainable," Silver said, via the Associated Press. "You know, foot on the line or not, buzzer or not. My sense is where we'll end up is giving the referees more discretion over what they can look at once we go to replay."
During Thursday night's game, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague hit a 3-pointer against the Indiana Pacers as the shot clock was winding down, but replays clearly showed that Teague's foot was out of bounds. The officials could only review if Teague's foot was behind the line. Teague's shot counted, and Atlanta went on to win 98-85 to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
In Game 1 of the first round series between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers, officials couldn't review a foul near the end of the game that Warriors forward Draymond Green committed on Chris Paul, causing Paul to lose the ball out of bounds. The NBA later said that a foul should have been called.
"I think the most difficult area now, even for our fans to understand, is when an official can go to replay and everyone can see something that looks like a foul or wasn't a foul, but yet the official is restricted from being able to apply, in essence, his judgment on the play," Silver said.