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Early Returns on the NBA’s Coach’s Challenge

USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt spoke with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle about the NBA’s coach’s challenge through the first few weeks of the season.

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The NBA is quickly approaching the quarter-mark of the 2019-20 season, giving pundits an early look at the success rate of the newly-implemented coach’s challenge. The rule, which allows coaching staffs to challenge a limited list of calls once per game, represents one of the most noteworthy wrinkles the league has rolled out in recent years.

Earlier in the week, USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt spoke with Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle about the impact and importance of the coach’s challenge.

“I believe that anything that can safeguard the integrity of the competition and potentially correct something that was wrong is a good thing,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle told USA TODAY Sports.


“Everyone’s been comfortable using it, but it’s an additional adjustment to the decisions you make throughout a game,” he said.

Through Monday’s games, Zillgitt looked at how coaches have fared when utilizing their once-per-game review option.

Through Monday’s games, coaches have challenged 152 plays and are 63-89, a 41.4% success rate. They are 47-79 on challenging called fouls, 12-7 on out-of-bounds calls and 4-3 on goaltending/basket interference.

You can read Zillgitt’s full post at USA Today.