Chris Kaman has room to spare while stretching out on Lakers’ injury-depleted bench (photo)
It was a bizarre game for the ages when the Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Los Angeles Lakers at Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday evening. An injury-plagued Lakers squad took the court for the game — Steve Nash (shouldn’t have shaved the ‘stache), Jodie Meeks, Jordan Hill and Pau Gasol were all unavailable — meaning Mike D’Antoni only had three bench players available.
The injury bug bit the Lakers even more severely during the game when Jordan Farmar and Nick Young left the game with injuries. And when Chris Kaman and Robert Sacre fouled out, it meant that the Lakers only had four players available.
Thankfully, the Lakers didn’t have to take the court and play 4-on-5 basketball. Rule 3, Section I of the NBA rulebook stipulates the following:
“No team may be reduced to less than five players. If a player in the game receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes have already been disqualified, said player shall remain in the game and shall be charged with a personal and team foul. A technical foul also shall be assessed against his team. All subsequent personal fouls, including offensive fouls, shall be treated similarly. All players who have six or more personal fouls and remain in the game shall be treated similarly.”
Count Paul Gasol among those in attendance who had no idea such a rule existed:
I’ve never seen this situation before!! Did anybody know about this rule!? #LakersvsCavs
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) February 6, 2014
One “good” thing, however, kind of came out of the dearth of available players on the Lakers bench. It meant that Kaman, once fouling out, had plenty of room to stretch out and relax on the bench.
That’s nice. Also nice? The Lakers somehow managed to win the game, holding off the Cavs and winning by a score of 119-108. Nice is obviously a subjective term. Losing to a team with four players available was not so nice for the Cavaliers, obviously.
[H/T Sporting News, Kaman image via @ascoot]