Professional basketball games generally take about two and a half hours to play.
In the game of basketball, two teams of five players play on a court with one basket on each end. Score is kept by keeping track of how many times each team penetrates the other‘s defenses and scores goals. Defensive players not in possession of the basketball attempt to keep the offense from scoring.
While on defense, they can do almost anything except make enough physical contact that they knock other players off course or prevent them from moving forward. Fouls are the consequence of aggressive defensive play and, in many instances, the offensive player is awarded free throws, or uncontested shots at the basket.
A simple game
- Willingness to follow simple rules
- Two teams with five players each
- A hard
In accordance with the rules, a player must bounce the basketball while moving forward with the ball under his control. The definition of dribbling is bouncing the basketball back and forth between the floor and the player. If the player takes more than one step without dribbling, it constitutes a rule violation called “traveling” and results in the transfer of possession of the ball from what had been the offensive team to what had been the defensive team.
Whenever an offensive player is fouled in the act of shooting, he is sent to the free throw line for two, and sometimes three free, unchallenged shots.
In addition to the standard two and three point field goals, players are given one point for every free throw they make. A player makes a three point play by shooting the ball from outside the arc, which is a painted line quite a distance from the basket. The definition of a two point basket is any successful shot on goal that was launched inside the arc.
The winner of the game is determined by which team has the most points when the time clock has expired. Overtime will be played to determine the winner if the two teams have identical scores after regulation has concluded.
The rules are very simple but basketball games result in some of the most highly watched and entertaining sports at every level of play.
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