Lead Referee Admits Foul Should Have Been Called on Dion Waiters (Tweet)
Manu Ginobili Also Committed a Foul On Dion Waiters’ Inbound Pass (Pics)
Everyone is talking about how Dion Waiters should have been called for a foul for elbowing Manu Ginobili while inbounding the ball with 13.5 seconds remaining in the 4th quarter of Game 2 on Monday. But how about the violation that Manu Ginobili committed before receiving an elbow from Waiters?
According to NBA rules, a defender is not to step on the boundary line while defending an inbound pass.
As per Rule No. 12, Section II, #5, a delay-of-game will be called for the following:
A defender crossing the boundary line prior to the ball being released on a throw-in.
And here’s how a delay-of-game is dealt with during the final two minutes of regulation:
In the last two minutes of the fourth period and last two minutes of any overtime period, a technical foul will be assessed if the defender crosses or breaks the plane of the boundary line when an offensive player is in a position to inbound and prior to the ball being released on a throw-in.
A closer look at the play shows that Ginobili was clearly on the line—which may explain why Waiters had to elbow him, in order to get himself enough room to make a pass. The Spurs guard should have been called for a delay-of-game, but was not:
Obviously Waiters can’t shove Ginobili, but Ginobili can’t go over the line either. pic.twitter.com/9SY1UO8FLH
— Adam Hoge (@AdamHoge) May 3, 2016
So I guess both non-calls cancel each other out? Can we move on now?