Saturday, April 19, 2014
Notebook: Shot-clock madness
By Ohm Youngmisuk
TORONTO -- The first game of the Brooklyn Nets-Toronto Raptors series took on a bizarre twist when both shot clocks malfunctioned and went out.
The Nets and Raptors played most of the second half without a shot clock and had to rely on the public-address announcer to announce the time of the shot clock at intervals of 24, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 second. If the clock wound all the way down, the announcer would signal its expiration by saying "horn."
Both shot clocks malfunctioned in Game 1 between the Nets and Raptors.
"Yeah, that was weird," Nets point guard Shaun Livingston said. "It’s like [playing in the] backyard, somebody calling it out, but we got used to it. We understood the conditions were going to be rough on the road. So just another factor we just had to deal with. The reality of the situation."
Nets guard Alan Anderson said he had played under similar circumstances overseas but that the announcer counted down in a foreign language.
"It’s an issue," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "But it affects both teams. We can’t complain about it. It does bother you when you don’t have a rhythm. You can’t get a rhythm as far as having a feel for what is on the clock. There is a difference when you look at it and see each second tick down. But both teams had to deal with it, and they dealt with it better than we did."
AK-47 watches: In his first playoff game as a head coach, Jason Kidd played a rotation of 10 Nets. Andrei Kirilenko, though, was not one of them, as the veteran defender was a healthy DNP.
"I can’t play them all," Kidd said. "That’s something that we talked about: that, at some point, you might not play, but you always have to be ready. Everybody in that locker room is going to have a chance at it, and so he’ll be ready to go in Game 2, but he’s healthy."
It was a little bit of a surprise that Kirilenko did not play. He provides the Nets with defense, energy and plenty of intangibles while averaging 19 minutes per game in the regular season.
Some wondered how Kidd would play his three big men and who would sit, but he ended up playing Kevin Garnett, Mason Plumlee and Andray Blatche 11 minutes or more. Plumlee battled foul trouble and had five fouls, logging just 11 minutes. Blatche played 16 minutes, and Garnett logged 20 minutes.
Easter Nets: The Nets left Toronto after the game and returned to spend Easter Sunday at home. They will practice on Sunday morning and Monday before returning to Toronto on Monday night.
Game 2 is on Tuesday and will be televised by the YES Network in the New York/New Jersey area because the game will be blacked out on NBA TV for local coverage.