ESPN off the hook for Raptors-Nets shot-clock fiasco

The next time Patrick Patterson takes a shot, the shot clock at the ACC should be working for Game...

The next time Patrick Patterson takes a shot, the shot clock at the ACC should be working for Game 2. (Craig Robertson/QMI AGENCY)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:21 PM ET

Shot-clock gate is over. But the blame game is not.

In fact, the Raptors organization is now taking full blame for the problem after a team official suggested on Sunday that ESPN — which was here broadcasting the game — was the culprit.

With about eight minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday, the clocks went blank as a power surge fried the system.

For some unknown reason, the backup clocks were on the same power relay as the primary clocks so they were useless as well, leaving the team to turn to its public address announcer to count down the shot clock for the players on the floor.

It was embarrassing for the team and confusing for its players, who are accustomed to looking for the shot clock above the basket rather than waiting for a voice to call “Horn” when the 24 seconds were up.


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