Something tells me that the people in charge of operating the clock at Atlanta Hawks home games didn’t get the memo this season that team is actually pretty good and is likely Playoff-bound. Because they keep screwing things up.
For the second time this season, a Hawks game is likely to be contested by an opponent because of faulty clock management by the guys in the front row. AJC columnist Sekou Smith breaks it down for us:
Down 107-104 with 11.5 seconds to play in regulation, the Hawks get three chances to tie the game and after missed 3-pointers from both Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson, Josh Childress finds Bibby in the corner on an inbounds plays and Bibby drains the shot with .5 of a second to send force overtime.
But on the ensuing play, the Raptors somehow sneak T.J. Ford behind the Hawks’ defense and he grabs a lob in the air and lays it in at the buzzer to win the game for the Raptors. Only, he didn’t get the shot off in time (a fact the officials had to clarify via replay). But what they didn’t catch was their own error tenths of a second before that, when the clock started before Ford touched that lob.
How amazing would it be if the League had two games replayed this season, and they both involved the Hawks?