The stakes are high and tempers are bound to flair in intense playoff battles. That is what makes them epic!
The purpose of the double technical is used basically to calm the game down.
The score remains the same after a double T. Suffice to say it is as much of a warning to both teams collectively to settle down as it is a problem with an individual player.
Announcers often refer to the double techs as the referee “gaining control” of the game—or not letting things get out of hand.
And it is. In some ways, it could almost be seem as a team infraction as much as it is an individual foul. More of a game technical foul than a personal one.
It is almost like the extra pushing and shoving that takes place early in playoff football games. Where there are no penalties assessed unless someone is really going overboard. Usually the officials understand that the guys are worked up and a little extra aggressive in the big games. Its natural.
In the NBA Playoffs—it might make sense to start distinguishing between the types of technical fouls.
The playoff rule should go something like this: Personal technical fouls are called when a player gets too far out of line, shows up a ref or slams the ball, etc. If you receive two of those infractions and you are immediately ejected no questions asked.
But a technical foul received as part of a double tech should not necessarily count towards a player ejection. That can be open for the refs judgement. If a guy is too far out of line and his actions are dangerous or reckless—then toss him.
But if it is something as harmless as Player A was involved in a little skirmish during the first few minutes of a playoff game and in a double technical foul situation—then that should not count as a personal technical foul.
He should not instantly be at immediate risk to be tossed from a game just because of that.
Later that night if an emotional Player A slams the ball in disgust, or gets clobbered and jumps up furious because he thought a guy tried to hurt him and gets involved in another technical—he should NOT be thrown out of an intense game for that.
Nobody wants to see that. We want these player to play balls out in the playoffs. No one should have to worry that he could be ejected because he is a little over zealous and hyped up!
How can we not expect these guys to play with with their emotions on their sleeves? They are playing for a place in history!
In the playoffs only, situations when a player loses control individually should be treated differently than the technicals received in a double tech situation.
(Just to continue with this rule change theory: The next time you were whistled for any kind of technical foul, third strike, you are out. Team or individual.
Plus the zebra's will always still have the ultimate say. If they determine that Player A's behavior warrants an ejection at the time of any infraction—they can toss him on the spot. Malloy style.
But a more flexible rule will ensure they avoid a situation like Heat/Celtics Game 1 when the rule says that you MUST eject a guy who probably did not deserve to be ejected.
That is a situation the league should fix right away.
What if Sunday was a Game 7 and that happened to Pierce—how much of a let down would that be?
Rules are made for revision...