No Response from League over Clock Malfunction?
At the end of the third quarter, the game clock malfunctioned twice during the play when Billups’ three-pointer would put Detroit up 78-76. The clock started and stopped incorrectly, going from 5.1 seconds to 4.8 seconds and then finally stopping at 4.1 seconds.
The three officials met at midcourt for almost two minutes, eventually ruling that the shot would have gotten off before the buzzer. However, a TNT replay later showed that the play, in which there were three passes between Billups and Rodney Stuckey, actually took 5.23 seconds.
Officials were not allowed to review the play because they can only go to the monitors on end-of-half and end-of-game shots and flagrant foul calls.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said the team had no recourse for fighting the clock malfunction other than to complain to the league office. He said filing an official protest would likely do the Magic no good. [Seattle Times]