Robert Sacre received his sixth foul for the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night as the injury-ravaged Lakers took on the mightily struggling Cleveland Cavaliers. On most nights, a sixth foul would mean that player is disqualified from play. However, going along with the abundant abnormalities of the Lakers’ 2013-14 NBA season, that’s not what happened on Wednesday.
Due to a little-known rule that states that a player can stay on the floor after his sixth foul if there are no healthy players remaining on the bench for the penalty of a technical foul. That’s how badly the Lakers are banged up right now. They had to dig that rule out and put it to use.
The Lakers got Steve Blake, Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar back in the lineup on Tuesday night to help give them at least some kind of depth, but that was short-lived. Jodie Meeks and Jordan Hill were both injured on Tuesday night and Nash sat out on Wednesday as they approach to take the veteran’s return to action with caution. Then Nick Young and Farmar both left Wednesday’s game with injuries and Chris Kaman fouled out.
At that time, the Lakers had five active players on their roster, which was technically reduced to four when Sacre fouled out. As I said, though, he was able to remain on the floor.
The Lakers got the win due to a completely lifeless and terrible effort from the Cavs, a triple-double from Blake, and a career-night from Ryan Kelly. However, the Lakers’ issues are just beginning looking forward. Farmar’s injury was said to just be cramps and Nash should be back in the lineup for their next game, but rolling just eight active players out is hardly something for this team to look forward to.