Nov 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT
Cleveland’s head coach, Byron Scott, was less excited about Jennings’ heroics than the rest of us. He told reporters afterward that the clock started late, so therefore the shot shouldn’t have counted.
“I don’t want to get fined, so I’m not going to say anything about the clock starting late,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “They have to figure out a way to do something about that.”
“The bottom line is it doesn’t count or you take it out again,” Scott said. “Looking at it again in the locker room, the shot shouldn’t have counted.”
Told he might have crossed the line and might receive a fine from the league for criticizing officials, Scott responded “then too damn bad.”
Watching the replay a few more times, does Scott have a point? Maybe, but only in the sense that a human being being in that position has to wait for the ball to be touched by a player after it’s inbounded before hitting the button to start the clock, and that’s going to cause a split-second delay, however small it may be.
If the clock was started late — and I’m not sure that it was — it didn’t appear to be egregious or intentional. In a situation like this, complaining about it afterward just makes you look like a sore loser.
And, if you can’t have a defensive scheme in place to prevent an open look with less than a second left on the clock? To use Scott’s own words, then it is “too damn bad.”
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