In early February, the
On Thursday, Joe Borgia, the
"We have to have five players on the court at all times," Borgia said. "If there are no available substitutes to come in the game, the player who fouls out has to remain in the game"
The Lakers started the game short-handed, with
When Sacre fouled out, Coach
Nash's presence complicated matters, given he was technically an eligible player.
"That turned this play upside down," said Borgia. "Steve Nash was on the active list. He was not on the bench all night in uniform."
While Nash rushed to get dressed in his uniform in the confusion following Sacre's sixth foul, D'Antoni told the officials that Nash wasn't able to play because of injury.
"We stayed status quo, even though Nash did come out" in uniform, Borgia said. "It's very, very unusual. I've never seen it before."
Had Sacre committed another foul in the game, the team would have been charged with another technical -- but he lasted the final minutes without another infraction.