Toronto fans were pumped — the Raptors are back in the playoffs and thousands showed up just to watch the game on a television outside on big screens. They were ready for the postseason.
Then the 24 second clocks went out. Which led to the amateur hour sounding process with the public address announcer Herbie Kuhn having to call out the time off a stopwatch. (He did a good job under the circumstances.) Toronto got mocked all over social media for this.
Don’t blame the Raptors or the Air Canada Centre here — blame ESPN, an official told the Canadian Press.
The day after the Raptors were mocked for the debacle, a Raptors official confirmed that an ESPN technician plugged into the same power source for the shot clocks, frying the power system….
“Let’s just put it this way, they’re not the worldwide leader in electricians,” the Raptors official joked, when reporters probed him for the culprit.
The 24 second clock will be active for Game 2 on Tuesday night. The fried cables and wiring have been replaced.
They probably have a big sign on it now, too.