There’s been no shortage of drama when it comes to the second-round series between the Celtics and Wizards.
So, naturally, the ending of Game 6 has come with some more.
On the wrong end of a 92-91 final that will send this series back to Boston for a decisive Game 7 on Monday night, Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was left with 1.7 seconds left on his series-winning shot that came up just short.
But according to the NBA’s Last Two Minutes Report released following the game, Thomas should have had more time.
A whole second more, actually.
With a foul to give, Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. fouled Kelly Olynyk on an attempted inbounds pass from Al Horford with 3.5 seconds left in the game. And by the time the Oubre Jr. was whistled for the foul, the Celtics had 2.7 seconds left on the clock, but the clock bled all the way down to 1.7.
“The foul is whistled with approximately 2.7 seconds left on the clock, but the clock runs to 1.7 seconds before stopping,” the NBA commented in their report. “The clock should have been stopped earlier automatically on the whistle or by the neutral clock operator. Instant replay is not permitted in this situation.”
While it’s easy to think of what could have been with that extra second, the report also indicated that Horford should have been called for an illegal screen on the Avery Bradley go-ahead basket scored with 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog