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Raptors say malfunctioning shot clocks will be fixed in time for Game 2 vs. Nets

Apr 20, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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It was an odd scene at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday for Game 1 between the Raptors and the Nets, and an embarrassing one for a franchise that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2008.

The shot clocks in the arena all failed midway through the third quarter, and attempts to place backup ones in the corners of the court as is customary when this happens were similarly unsuccessful.

That led to some awkward moments.

The public address announcer, flanked by a man with a stopwatch and an air horn (seriously), was forced to count down the remaining seconds on each possession, and then say “HORN!” when time had run out. Kyle Lowry hit a three to beat the third quarter buzzer, but with the clock off and the red light surrounding the basket not working, officials had to go to the video replay and listen to see if the shot beat the sound of the horn (and it did).

Raptors officials promise to have things fixed in time for Game 2 on Tuesday.

From Doug Smith of the Toronto Star:

On a day that turned public address announcer Herbie Kuhn into something of a human stopwatch, the 15-year-old building wasn’t up to snuff.

As a result of what team officials called a “signal path failure,” the 24-second clocks and game clocks above both baskets broke down midway through the third quarter of Toronto’s 94-87 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. …

“New cables will be run (later Saturday and Sunday) to ensure no issues arise on Tuesday, and the NBA will inspect both the fixed and backup systems for Game 2,” according to a short statement from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Kuhn declined comment.

It was a strange situation, especially considering the magnitude of the opening game of the playoffs. Players admitted to bing affected by it afterward, but Paul Pierce — who was the subject of a Toronto newspaper’s jab at his age — used the opportunity to jab right back.

“I don’t remember if I’ve ever played (in a game without a clock) since I’m a dinosaur,” he said.

  1. Kevin S. - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Air Canada Center clocks typically plan their vacations for this time of year.

  2. lj312chicago - Apr 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    It just felt weird to watch that game after the clocks stopped working. 5 4 3 2 1…..24seconds…..10 seconds …5-4-3-2-1…..

  3. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 20, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Actually, word has it that their GM screamed “F__ SHOT CLOCKS!” when asked about this.

  4. mungman69 - Apr 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Gee, the shot clocks will be fixed in 2 days. Must be a union shop.

    • xmen1906 - Apr 21, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      I was thinking the same thing. If they can’t get it fixed by then, everybody in arena operations should be fired

  5. canadatude - Apr 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    ESPN was the cause of the electrical malfunction for the shot clocks. They tried to hook into the same circuit and blew it.

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