NBA Expands Use of Instant Replay Amid Modification of Rules

The National Basketball Association has expanded the use of instant replay, allowing officials to consult videotape when they aren’t certain whether a team had the wrong number of players on the court during play.

The league’s board of governors also made five modifications to existing replay rules and three other changes to playing rules, all of which will go into effect beginning tonight, the NBA said yesterday in an e-mailed news release.

Instant-replay triggers that currently apply during the last two minutes of regulation and throughout all overtime periods will now be in effect during the last two minutes of regulation and the last two minutes of any overtime period.

Among the rules changes is that teams now may freely substitute players whenever any timeout is called. Before, there were limited conditions under which a team couldn’t substitute for certain players during timeouts.

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