Darvin Ham touched the “no-timeout” stove in a mid-January contest against the Sixers and got burned by a discombobulated offensive sequence. By Game 4 of L.A.’s six-game series against Memphis, Ham was an ATO convert.


On Sunday, Mazzulla’s inaction had the opposite effect on Boston. Monday morning quarterbacking makes it more cut-and-dry, but big-time coaches earn their keep in those moments. ATO plays aren’t a sure thing by any means, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.