A violation in which a defensive player interferes with a shot when it is on its downward arc or is on, within, or over the rim.
Opening a post with a dictionary definition must make the reader think the writer has a really dull life. Well, that is sort of true, but there is an excellent reason for the unlikely beginning.
The Houston Rockets won the first NBA game in recorded history that was decided by a goaltending call with no time left on the clock. With the score tied at 98, Harden shot a 3 ball that bounced off the iron and went close to straight up. Regulation time expired as the basketball was descending back to the rim where Jermaine O’Neil touched the ball in the cylinder constituting a goaltending call.
The officials had to huddle and eventually awarded the Rockets three points and a victory that clinches at least an 8 seed in the Western conference for the NBA playoffs.
Initially Bill Worrell and Clyde Drexler thought game was headed to overtime since the goal tending occurred with no time, but they realized that was irrelevant as the shot has “the right” to pass through the net even if time has run out!