A rule involving instant replay could have a big impact on the Cavaliers for next season. Effective this fall, replay will be used to determine whether an a defensive player was in the restricted area of the paint. From the NBA League Office:
Instant replay may now be used:
• When reviewing a block/charge play to determine whether the defender was inside or outside the restricted area, officials will now be permitted to reverse a charge call, or uphold a blocking call, when the defender was outside the restricted area but was not set when the offensive player began his upward shooting motion.
• To determine whether an off-ball foul occurred before or after a player has started his shooting motion on a successful shot attempt, or before or after the ball was released on a throw-in.
• During the review of any instant replay situation to permit the officials to assess the appropriate penalties of any unsportsmanlike and unnecessary acts (e.g. flagrant fouls) that are observed during the instant replay reviews.
The Cavaliers drew 1.1 charges per game last season, good for 13th in the league with several players who were effective drawing charges including Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller. Cleveland also has a couple of guards that were victim to charge calls in the paint including All-Star Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. With Mike Brown’s focus on defense, this could be an important change for the Cavs.
In addition, the following rule changes will also take place next season:
On clear path to the basket fouls, it will no longer be considered a clear path foul if at any point before the foul is committed, the defender who commits the foul is positioned ahead of the offensive player in the frontcourt.
A team on offense will lose possession if its player leaves the floor and does not immediately return to the floor, unless he is injured, attempting to save the ball or in other extenuating circumstances.
The league also approved Charlotte’s name change request back to Hornets starting in the 2014-2015 season.