If there is one thing this preseason game taught us, it's that you can't trust Kent Bazemore. OK, ok, we're joking. But it was a declaration by Bazemore that led to Coach Stotts issuing his first coach's challenge of the new season.
Early in the second quarter Bazemore was called for a foul, but he pleaded his case to Coach Stotts, and Stotts listened.
Said Coach Stotts, "I just wanted to get it out of the way. And I wanted to test them. I asked Kent if he fouled him and he said ‘no' so I challenged, so now I know not to trust Kent next time."
— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) October 9, 2019
The Blazer would lose the challenge and a timeout in the process, but it was still the first coach's challenge in Blazers' history.
If you are wondering what the heck is going on, coaches can challenge now? You're not alone.
But let's refresh your memory.
Back in July, the NBA Board of Governors approved adding a coaching challenge in 2019. The rule has been used in the G-League for the past two seasons,
Each team is entitled to one challenge in the game (regardless of whether the challenge is successful).
A team can use its challenge in the following instances: a called personal foul charged to its own team; a called out-of-bounds violation; or a called goaltending or basket interference violation.
A team can use its challenge on a called personal foul at any point in the game.
In the last two minutes of the fourth period or the last two minutes of overtime, a called out-of-bounds violation or called goaltending/basket interference violation will not be challengeable and instead will be exclusively triggered by on-court referees.
To initiate a challenge, a team must immediately call a legal timeout and the head coach must immediately signal for a challenge by twirling his/her finger toward the referees.
If a team attempts to challenge an event with no remaining timeouts, the team is charged an excessive timeout, for which the penalty is a technical foul, and no challenge will take place.
If a team calls a timeout to challenge an event that may not be reviewed, the team will be charged a timeout but retain its challenge.
As with other replay reviews, in order to overturn the event as called on the floor, there must be clear and conclusive visual evidence that the call was incorrect.
Hopefully next time Stotts is successful... and he will be as long as he doesn't listen to Bazemore.