That shotclock issue was messed up.

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ESPN: The Los Angeles Lakers saw a five-point lead with 2:32 remaining turn into a six-point loss at the final buzzer after the Utah Jazz finished the game on an 11-0 run Friday.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson was asked after the game what caused his team’s stalled offense down the stretch. His reply: “The 24-second clock operator.”

The Lakers trailed by two with less than a minute to go when Derek Fisher advanced the ball up the court in a transition opportunity.

The referees whistled the play dead because the shot clock was stuck at six seconds. The clock was reset, and the Lakers took the ball out on the sidelines with the Jazz given the chance to set up their defense.

On a previous time down the court, the Jazz had to reset their possession out of bounds in similar fashion, but that came on a play that started out of bounds on the baseline after a Lakers made basket, not a fast-break scenario.

“What was going on there?” Jackson asked after the game. “That stopped a break on our part. … Fish had a nice rhythm going on a transition with a 3-point deficit, and it stops the ball and starts it out of bounds. It’s not right; it’s just not right.”

Jackson said the officials did not offer him any explanation of what caused the clock malfunction. The Jazz declined comment through a spokesman when asked about the sequence after the game.

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  • http://www.jackyang.info Jack

    Something people overlooked as well is that the shot clock prompted Deron Williams to shoot the 3 earlier than expected. It kind of screwed up Lakers’ defense because Lakers didn’t expect him to shoot so early. That changed the game.

    • utahfan

      um…the clock actually forced deron to shoot it early. if he didnt make that shot you wudnt b complaining..so yea stfu.

      • Lakers 24 7

        ……..that’s what he just said.

        • lilkobe24

          lol what a dumb ass aahahaha

          • PLAYBOYMANSION

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  • Leo

    Utah Jazz obviously would keep the shot clock operator because he helped them out, but he is clearly incompetent, and the NBA should see to it that he does not work again.

    LMAO at the Utah fans coming out of the gutter. We knocked them the F… out of the playoffs the last 3 years. How do you like them apples?

  • Matt Damon

    Do you like apples? Well how do you like dem apples?

    F UTAH!! I HATE YOUR GUTS! I want to slap a mutha phucka right now!

  • Robert.

    Utah is practicing for Western Conference semi’s. They will def. need 9 players (5 + refs + shot clock operator) to win games, come playoff time.
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    The Lakers only need 5 players.

  • http://LAKERS GWFORUM

    FUCC UTAH&ALL JAZZ FANZ!!! HOPEFULLY WE SEE THEM IN DA PLAYOFFS AGAIN, SO WE ELIMINATE THERE ASS 4 DA 4TH STRAIGHT YEAR!!!! LOS ANGELES LAKERS1# & WE WILL 3-PEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jenster

    did anybody see how angry fish was after the refs called time out cause of the faulty shot clock?!

    oh well, one game lost…onto the next one. Utah jazz can soak it in as it will be the only time they can celebrate since they’ll be elminated by the lakers like they always do come playoffs.

  • Loggrad98

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbPQFNdPCKc

    Go to 8:42. Then go to 8:24. LOL

    ‘Nuff said. Stop whining. You are all just mad that the refs didn’t get Stern’s call to give Kobe every call when he faked a seizure in the air to initiate contact. Played straight up, you lose.

    http://articles.ocregister.com/2007-01-31/sports/24602950_1_bryant-could-ve-kobe-bryant-pr

    “…Bryant side-stepped Bowen to get off a potential winning shot, which was blocked by Manu Ginobili — and led to Bryant, according to him, flailing away in hopes of getting that foul call anyway.”

  • Ruin818