Foul Trouble

Sport: Basketball

During a game of basketball, a player can be fouled out by accumulating too many fouls during a game. There are different types of fouls, such as personal fouls, flagrant fouls, technical fouls and team fouls, and the severity of them may vary. For instance, a single flagrant foul, if deemed serious enough, can be enough to foul a player out. 

Most of the time, however, a player will only be fouled out if they accumulate too many minor fouls, such as personal ones. 

Each basketball league has its own foul limit for each player. Once a player exceeds their limit, they can be fouled out. The NBA, for instance, has a foul limit of six. If an NBA player fouls six times during a game, they can be fouled out. 

What is Foul Trouble?

Foul trouble refers to the position a basketball player is in when they are dangerously close to being fouled out of a game of basketball. Typically, foul trouble begins when a player is two points away from being fouled out. So in the case of the NBA, a player will find themselves in foul trouble when they have reached four fouls. A player cannot be returned to the game once they have been fouled out, making it important for them to remain out of the foul trouble territory as much as they can. 

Can a Team be in Foul Trouble?

A whole basketball team can in fact be in foul trouble providing they’re reaching the limit of fouls they can concede. Whilst a whole team can’t be fouled out for exceeding their foul limit, they do run the risk of allowing the opposition to take free shots at the end of the game or quarter.

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