The Pelican Blog

Vegas Day 12 notebook: Final game now at 5:30 p.m.

By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer

NBA Summer LeagueLAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas summer league has deviated a bit from its original planned schedule for Friday’s consolation-round games, a move that directly affects the New Orleans Pelicans. Instead of opening the day’s game action, they instead will play at 5:30 p.m. Central (3:30 Pacific) against the Washington Wizards.

According to the network’s programming listings, the game will not be televised live by NBA TV, but you can watch the broadcast via Summer League Live broadband on NBA.com. The Knicks-Clippers game has been moved into what was initially the NBA TV slot designated for Pelicans-Wizards.

Other notes from Las Vegas:
• It’s been a series of bad breaks for Pierre Jackson during his NBA debut over the past two weeks in his hometown. First, the 5-foot-10 point guard was forced to miss Pelicans practices and the team’s first summer league game as he waited for the trade with Philadelphia to be officially approved. Second, after playing in two games, he was infected with viral conjunctivitis (pinkeye), which kept him out of Wednesday’s game vs. Denver. Jackson is listed as questionable for Friday’s summer league finale against Washington.

• The NBA Board of Governors approved several rule changes Thursday related to the usage and implementation of instant replay. The most frequent application of the new rules will likely be that referees are now able to review block/charge calls even when the restricted area is not in question. In the past, referees could only use replay to determine whether a defender’s feet were inside or outside the circle. Now they may determine if a defender’s feet were set or not. Game officials also have more leeway to use replay to determine such things as a) whether a foul occurred during a shot attempt or b) whether a foul occurred prior to an inbounds pass. There was also a tweak to the clear-path foul rule and a new rule that players must immediately re-enter the court after leaving the playing area (with exceptions made for injuries, attempts to save the ball or other extenuating circumstances). If a player fails to do so, his team loses possession of the ball.