NBA officials have revealed new points of emphasis for the 2017-18 season.
According to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, officials will crack down on two primary areas this season. The first involves what the league is terming "reckless" closeouts on defense.
The second revolves around shooters who actively attempt to initiate contact to draw fouls.
News of the league's intensified interest in policing hard closeouts comes in the aftermath of a sequence that saw Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia slide his foot under Kawhi Leonard during Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
Leonard proceeded to miss the series' final three games with an ankle injury.
According to Beck, officials will now have the ability to "use replay to determine whether the closeout constituted a flagrant foul" after calling the initial common foul.
Beck also noted the league office will be able to retroactively upgrade or downgrade calls on closeouts as it does with more overt flagrant fouls.
As far as the other point of emphasis is concerned, Beck reported referees "will be making distinction between fouls that occur on the drive or gather vs. fouls on actual shooting motion."
USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt added officials are specifically concerned with how players attempt to draw contact during the gather when navigating around screens—a move Houston Rockets guard James Harden seemingly perfected last season en route to attempting 10.9 free throws per game.
From now on, according to Beck, officials will call a common foul—not a shooting foul, as was sometimes the case last season—if the contact is made before a player begins his shooting motion.