Raptors blame ESPN for shot-clock malfunction in Game 1

Alan Anderson of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors in Game 1 on April 19....

Alan Anderson of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Kyle Lowry of the Raptors in Game 1 on April 19. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:53 PM ET

That black eye everyone wanted to paint on the Raptors for malfunctioning shot clocks in their Game 1 loss to the Brooklyn Nets wasn’t solely the home team’s fault, apparently.

Sure, having the backup (those corner shot clocks that were pulled out and quickly put away) on the same relay as the primary is a situation only the techno geeks who work at the Air Canada Centre can explain and still haven’t, but there is the matter of what caused the primary score clocks to malfunction in the first place.

And that apparently had nothing to do with the Raptors.

The snafu occurred midway through the third quarter and wound up having the Raptors public address announcer counting down the 24 seconds for the players on the floor for the remainder of the game.​ It was embarrassing for everyone involved.

Now it’s time to identify the culprit.


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