It is true that actual camera cuts in a game do occur. But it's not common in the middle of a basketball play like that where the vast majority of the action is shown from the single camera angle. And in this particular case, the cut was just way too drastic. The ref was coming up the court meaning that the point guard was bringing the ball up the court as well. Then suddenly it cut and the players were in the middle of a play down in the key under the basket. It just didn't look natural. And finally, both pieces are from the same camera angle. There's no way the director of the game would cut to another camera that's basically in the same position and just as wide as the first one. What would be the point of that? Having the game in the shot was not the general's idea, it was Dantana's. Jerry was the one that placed the chair where it was because he wanted to get the medals in the shot. He could just as easily have placed the chair somewhere else in the room, or zoomed the camera in just enough to cut off the edge of the TV screen. But instead, Sorkin had him do everything as clumsily as possible so he could then have his characters make some "brilliant" discovery a few episodes later. He just didn't calculate that the "brilliant" discovery would just make everyone look ever stupider than they had before, because it should have been so obvious.