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When does a dead ball occur?

When does a dead ball occur?

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A. The clock runs out and the buzzer goes off.
B. The referee blows the whistle.
C. A basket is made.
D. All of the above.

This question is part of Basketball Rules and Terms Quiz
Asked by Evergreenbasketball, Last updated: Jan 30, 2019

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b.Lisa

B.Lisa

Answered on Feb 26, 2018

A dead ball typically occurs in basketball after the ref calls a foul or when a foul has been shot, another one is going to be made, and/or the ball has gone out of bounds. The term of a “dead ball” refers to the ball not being playable. The NBA has defined that this is a good time for player substitutions to be made, especially if a player is injured during play.

However, the answers given here aren’t quite right. A dead ball is typically called by the ref, yes, but if it rebounds and doesn’t go out of play, that’s not a dead ball. Instead, the ref is left to call it if he sees something that would make it a foul instead of just a rebound.

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John Adney

This answer is incorrect. A dead ball does not occur after a made basket or free throw unless there is a timeout or violation.
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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Nov 08, 2016

All of the above.
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