Did Tim Duncan illegally enter the game in the 4th quarter?
After Ray Allen tied the game with a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter for the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs were prevented from inbounding the ball, so that the referees could check the replay to see whether or not Allen was behind the 3-point line.
This ensued in about a 1-minute delay.
During the delay, the Spurs and the Heat went back to their benches and used the review time as a functional time out. What most people did not realize is that the Spurs substituted Tim Duncan during the review time, when it was technically not a dead ball, nor a timeout. Fortunately, for the Heat, Duncan’s entrance didn’t hinder the Heat in any way, as Tony Parker drove the ball up the court and missed his fade-away jump shot from the corner, forcing the game into overtime.