Stephen Curry Fouls Out, Stays in the Game Against Bucks
Only an obscure passage of the NBA rulebook saved the Warriors from having to finish the game playing four against five.
Golden State quickly went from eight active players down to seven, when Anthony Morrow left the game with a knee injury just four minutes in. Chris Hunter fouled out in the third quarter (after playing only 11 minutes), and Andris Biedrins picked up his sixth personal with just under a minute to play in the game.
That left the Warriors with only the five players on the court available. So when Stephen Curry picked up his sixth foul with four seconds remaining, he was allowed to stay in the game, thanks to the NBA's Rule No. 3, which goes a little something like this:
"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 subse- quent 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."
With four seconds left and the Milwaukee lead at six points, this quirk in the rulebook didn't affect the game's ultimate result. But if it had, and had done so in the Warriors' favor, you can bet that there would have been an awful lot of discussion about whether or not this is the way to handle things, on the very rare occasion that this situation presents itself.