Fred Jones might have been the most confused person in Atlanta during Scoreboard-gate Friday night.
The Raptors guard was convinced the game was tied, which it should have been if not for an earlier scoreboard error, after T.J. Ford hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left. But the scoreboard showed the Raptors down by two and they had to foul, leading to a loss.
"I ran back on D and didn't think we need to foul because I thought the game was tied up," Jones said.
"I was going back on D thinking we've got to get a stop thinking the game was tied up. Once we fouled, I looked up at the score and I was thinking why did we foul? I looked up at the score and saw we were down two and I was like 'I didn't know that.'
Ford and teammate Chris Bosh, on the other hand, had no idea the game actually was tied.
"I understand some mistakes are made, but then again I don't understand," Bosh said.
"You know we were fighting hard in the game but just to have a misunderstanding like that, it kind of takes a step back.
"It makes a big difference. It would affect the way play. We were just playing for the score on the scoreboard.
"This is the NBA, I didn't think things like that happened. I'm sure it will be addressed."
In the wake of the loss, Mitchell said he would assign strength and conditioning coach Keith D'Amelio to chart the scoring.
KNOW THE SCORE
The controversy Friday night wasn't the first one of this sort for the Raptors.
In 1997, Toronto game clock operator Michael Currie and his brother, Peter, the shot clock operator, were dismissed as minor officials after a hesitation by Michael played a part in a Raptors loss.
The referees, during that game, didn't blow their whistles after a shot-clock violation, a mistake acknowledged by the NBA.
Then there was Chris Childs thinking the Raptors were down by four when they were really only trailing by three late in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons in 2002. Because of that, Childs hoisted a wild desperation shot and missed, trying to get fouled. The Raptors lost the game and the series.