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Byron Scott says clock started late, Jennings’ game-winner should not have counted

Nov 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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We showed you the game-winner from Brandon Jennings, an incredible launch from the top of the three-point arc with 0.7 seconds left to beat the Cavaliers as time expired.

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.

From Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“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.”

  1. albertmn - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Watching the video on the other link, it didn’t look like it started late. But, even if it did, the ball was out of his hand at .04, so even if it was a a microsecond late, it still looked like it was off on time.

    • money2long - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      i still think the total time brandon had the ball and released it was for .7 seconds or below. even though it started “late” the amount of time left on the clock when the ball was completely off his fingertips makes up for the amount of time delay, which was minuscule at the very least.

      to me, it’s a good bucket.

  2. pacodawg - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    This loss will cost the cavs down the road big time

  3. jjordannba - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Is it possible to shoot the ball in .3 seconds with Brandon Jennings slow release, or anybody’s release?

    • jmclarkent - Nov 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Shawn Merion’s ugly jumper comes out in like .2!

  4. letangusespertplus - Nov 4, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    quit whining and dont let him get a shot off that quick next time.

  5. sguy2130 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Let me start this off by saying that was an awesome shot by Jennings, he basically hit two buzzer beaters back to back, and only one of them counted.

    With that being said, even if you are blind like Brett, you can be OBJECTIVE and see the clock starts late, it’s not hard to re-watch an instant replay and come to that conclusion. Regardless, it’s hard to say whether or not if the clock started on time that it would have meant time would have expired prior to Jennings releasing his shot.

    I guess we can’t expect a perfect start to the clock upon an inbound, especially on the home teams court. One went in the Cavs favor on the previous possession, the other in the Bucks favor, Either team deserved to win that game, fortunately, this is just the regular season and not a playoff game.

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