League cuts timeouts to keep pace
LAS VEGAS» The NBA has for years heard complaints that a free-flowing, fast-paced and athletic game grinds to a halt at the most important and compelling time, when everyone tunes in to watch the final few minutes of a tight game.
Now the league is finally taking steps to make sure crunch time doesn’t get bogged down by commercial time.
The league’s Board of Governors unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four timeouts per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime.
The changes go into effect starting this coming season, the NBA said Wednesday.
Teams will be limited to two timeouts in the final three minutes of a game, instead of having up to three. All four quarters will have two mandatory timeouts, after the seven- and three-minute marks.
“We’re pretty happy with the length of the game,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. “We were more focused here on the pace and flow of the game. What we heard from our fans, what we heard from many of our teams, was that the end of the games in particular were too choppy. And I think since I was a kid, that was an issue people were talking about, the last two minutes of a game.”
The league also changed the trade deadline, moving it up so teams would not have their rosters significantly altered during the all-star break.
This season’s deadline will be Feb. 8 — 10 days before the All-Star Game in Los Angeles.
Nuggets 87, Rockets 81.
LAS VEGAS» Torrey Craig had 27 points and 11 rebounds off the bench Wednesday to lead Denver to its first victory and a spot in the second round.
The Nuggets, who had dropped their first three games and are seeded 23rd, will meet the No. 7 Brooklyn Nets.
Troy Williams and Chris Johnson each scored 20 points for the No. 10 Rockets (2-2).