With the game already out of hand Thursday night and only seconds to kill off the clock, Croatian Dario Šarić decided to take advantage of the open floor and put the ball up for the layup. Philadelphia had already won with Cleveland Cavaliers players standing around putting zero defensive pressure on the ball. There’s an unwritten rule to simply dribble out the clock, but did Šarić violate this as the Sixers were in transition to get the ball over the half court line; with no defense in site?
Cavs guard Jordan Clarkson grabbed the ball and threw it at Šarić. In this scenario, who was right?
Šarić had 16 points and nine rebounds in the 108-97 win over Cleveland. The victory brings the 76ers to 33-27 on the season which is good enough for 6th place in the East. If the season ended today, the Cavs would host the Sixers in the first round. However, Philadelphia sit only 2.5 games behind Cleveland in a congested Eastern Conference standings. Philadelphia last made the playoffs in 2012 as the 8-seed.