Basketball doesn’t actually lend itself to accidentally ending up with an excessive number of men on the court. Dislike football, where substitutions happen on pretty much every play, or hockey, where lines shift right in the middle of the activity. Subs in basketball just come during stoppages and should be cleared at the scorer’s table before they can be made. It is incredibly, hard to wind up with six players wearing one uniform on the floor during a regulation basketball game.
But then, the Philadelphia 76ers managed to pull it off. After a Furkan Korkmaz 3-pointer from the corner, Chicago Bulls mentor Jim Boylen went totally nuts on the sideline. He was justified in doing as such. The 76ers accidentally played that possession with six players on the floor.
The confusion appears to have originated from the past play. Luke Kornet went to the free-throw line for a technical foul. Somehow, a player managed to make it onto the floor without another coming off. The Sixers had Simmons, Korkmaz, Tobias Harris, Mike Scott, Kyle O’Quinn and Josh Richardson on the floor simultaneously. Unexpectedly, the Sixers injury up with just four players on the court, as Harris and O’Quinn both attempted to hasten off when they understood what was going on. It’s no mishap that they were the ones to do as such. Sixers mentor Brett Brown uncovered after the game that O’Quinn was intended to come in for Harris, yet the perplexity originated from a new rotation.
“We played a different rotation tonight, and sub kind of consistently over the years,” Brown said. “A group went in, wasn’t communicated, and that’s what happened. I’ll own that. It’s a direct result of playing new rotations and new people.”
The 3-pointer was at last cleared off the board and possession was awarded to the Bulls.