That was the view I had of the three refs huddled around the video monitor for 2:30, deciding the Sixers' fate. I put myself through it when I got home, I watched the replay, and they made the right call from the replay, the shot was off in time, just in time. The problem is, there shouldn't have been any time left on the clock.
I ran the play back, frame-by-frame, on my TV. The ball was inbounded with 1.8 seconds left on the clock, Harris touched the ball with his right hand to control it, then dribbled. The clock didn't tick down to 1.7 seconds until 6 frames later. Then three frames after that it ticked down to 1.6, then 3 frames later 1.5, 3 frames later 1.4 and so on. It's three frames per 1/10th of a second. It appears to me that they didn't start the clock when he reached out and controlled the ball, they started it when he first dribbled. They gave him an extra .2 seconds. By the way, the ball was out of his hands by less than one full frame, so about 1/3 of 1/10th of a second.
The Sixers are probably going to file a protest, but I doubt it will be overturned. Truthfully, this stuff happens all the time, the difference was pretty clear when you slow the tape down, but in live action, there's no way to tell. The Sixers got robbed.
I'm so drained right now, I'm just going to give you my thoughts in bullet form. I'd love to hear what you guys noticed watching on TV.
- Sam Dalembert played a great game. Not good, not good for him, but great. He was a dominant force down low and the team was head and shoulders better with him out there. Good to see him bounce back after being embarrassed by Brook (stripper's name) Lopez the last time these teams met.
- Andre Iguodala was the best player on the court. I don't care how many points Harris played, Iguodala faced constant doubles all throughout the second half and he refused to let that stop him. He was handling the ball a ton, in the face of doubles, he was making the right pass, taking the right shots. I'm sorry, but Devin Harris is nowhere near as good as Iguodala and Vince Carter doesn't belong in the discussion.
- Reggie Evans was wholly inneffective tonight and he shouldn't have seen more than 5 minutes. It was clear early that (a) he was doing more harm than good, and (b) when he was on the floor, the Nets were taking advantage of his inability to block shots and driving right to the hoop every time. They needed a shot-blocking pressence down low, Ratliff should've gotten Reggie's minutes tonight.
- 23/37 from the line. That says it all. That's why they lost, more than anything.
- DiLeo's rotations at the end of the game were excellent. He went offense defense for the final 4 possessions, had the right guys on the floor. Getting Speights on the floor for what should have been the game-winner was the difference. That's a clutch play for a rookie to make, and he didn't break a sweat. Kudos to Miller for finding him on the mismatch when he could've easily pump-faked a couple of times and put up a wild shot.
- The Sixers had excellent balance. Offense came from everyone (but Ivey).
- I thought they were running poor offense against the zone. Instead of having Speights flash to the foul line, they consistently had Evans flashing up there. He's no threat from that spot on the floor, Speights is. They should've been running plays for him to get NJ out of the zone.
- This one is from the box score, 1 rebound for Speights in 18 minutes. Not a good sign. He did make a couple of nice plays on defense though, including an excellent show on a pick and roll and a pair of blocked shots.
Team Record: 27-28
Up Next: @ Washington, tomorrow night.
I'm drained. Leave your thoughts in the comments. Anyone keeping a running count of how many times the Sixers lose at the buzzer?
By the way, if I never, ever see a game decided by a Violet Palmer decision at the scorer's table again, it'll be too soon.