dhsilv2 wrote: evilpimp972 wrote:
wtf? What was unnatural about Harden's first shot? Unless he hooked him and I missed it due to angle. Otherwise that's not what the new rule is about.
The second one, glad that wasn't a defensive foul but....that seems like an obvious no call.
He clearly tried to create contact, which is part of the new rule
He took a shot while someone was MAKING contact. At least from what I see it looks like he's driving, the guy has an arm or hand or something on Harden, so he pulls up. Can a defender now just make contact to prevent a shot because it's unnatural to pull up when you're being fouled?
Making contact is not illegal as long as it does not impede the offensive player.
Incidental contact with the hand against an offensive player shall be ignored if it does not affect the player’s speed, quickness, balance and/or rhythm.
If you get a higher quality version you can kind of guess what the ref is reacting to.
The defender's hand makes contact with Harden, who proceeds to hook the defenders arm on a pull up when he senses the contact.
Hooking is one of the points of emphasis.