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May 14th, 2017

Celtics Disappointed with Game Clock Error, Shift Focus to Game 7 in Boston

Nicholas Arguelles @nick_argue
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Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas driving to the basket. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Friday night, the Boston Celtics traveled to Washington D.C. to take on the Wizards in game 6 with aspirations to close out the series. Unfortunately, the Celtics lost in heartbreaking fashion by a John Wall three in the final seconds that helped Washington force a deciding game 7.

Subsequently, the Celtics did have a chance to win the game but Isaiah Thomas’ contested three from deep missed and the game was over. However, before Thomas’ missed shot, the Celtics inbounded the ball to Kelly Olynyk under the basket and Washington’s wing Kelly Oubre fouled him. After the foul, the game clock displayed 1.7 seconds remaining, but the league has reported the foul occurred with 2.7 seconds on the game clock.

Following from Chris Forsberg of ESPN.

The league’s report noted that Oubre’s foul was “whistled with approximately 2.7 seconds on the clock, but the clock runs to 1.7 seconds before stopping. The clock should have been stopped earlier automatically on the whistle or by the neutral clock operator.”

Although that extra second on the game clock could have helped Boston find another shot, head coach Brad Stevens isn’t harping on the missed call and is focused for game 7.

“Maybe I’m wrong there. That’s what I was told [Saturday]. Our bench was asking. I was more focused on what’s next because I didn’t think it was going to get overturned, necessarily. But maybe, as we look at in the future, maybe that is something that we can review.

As for Thomas, who took the potential series-winning shot, was disappointed with the missed call but he, like his coach, won’t dwell on it for very long.

“It is what it is. We can’t worry about that. It just sucks that they came out with it and said we should have had another second.

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