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Hornets get four points from Cavaliers bench player interfering with “shot”

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As much as I loathe bench players and coaches crowding the court, Cavaliers backup Ed Davis found a way to be on the sympathetic end of getting called for interference from the sideline.

Officials credited Rozier with the 3-pointer and called a technical foul on Davis.

The NBA Case Book has actually covered this scenario: “Player A1 attempts a three-point field goal directly in front of Team B’s bench. A coach/player/trainer of Team B, who is seated on the bench, makes physical contact with Player A1. an unsportsmanlike conduct technical foul shall be called. If the field goal attempt is unsuccessful, three points shall be awarded Player A1. Following the free throw attempt, the ball shall be awarded to Team B on the baseline.”

So, it would have been the right call. “Upon review after the game, the out of bounds was called prior to the start of the field goal attempt and the shot should not have counted.”

That’s a pretty big miscommunication.

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