The NBA has accepted recommendations from the competition committee to improve the speed of the game, the league announced Wednesday.
Chief among them is that teams will now only have two timeouts over the final three minutes of the game instead of three timeouts over the final two minutes. The maximum number of timeouts has been reduced to 14 per game, while the 20-second timeout has been eliminated, as each timeout will last 75 seconds. In overtime, teams will be limited to two timeouts.
"I think since I was a kid, that's an issue people have been talking about, the last two minutes of our game," commissioner Adam Silver said. "We think these new changes will have a significant impact, especially at the end of the game."
In addition to these changes, the league now will now enforce a 15-minute halftime, and teams that don't follow will be assessed a delay-of-game penalty. The same penalty will be issued for players that walk past the 3-point line between free-throw attempts.
"I think these things help the competition of the game, will help us from a fan standpoint in terms of the flow, and also satisfies our network partners," Silver said.