The NBA board of governors has voted to adopt a rule change we told you about during All-Star weekend. When a team has too many players on the court, the opposing team will have the option to nullify any game action (i.e. baskets) that occurred while the infraction was going on. This would be in addition to the technical foul that is assessed to the offending team.
The change will take effect beginning with Friday's games. At All-Star weekend in Phoenix, the competition committee voted to recommend the change to owners in response to a game Dec. 30 in which Portland scored a basket against Boston with six men on the court. Under the old rule, the technical foul was assessed but the Celtics did not have the option to disallow the basket. Now they do.
There. Now you can get on with your lives.