Nets/Raptors game was stopped so referees could check if rim was level

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Back in January, in a podcast discussion, J.J. Redick and Kyrie Irving got into a discussion about how the rim was crooked during the teams’ game in London. Was this all in Redick’s head, or is he so in tune and sensitive that he could pick up on even a minor variance in the rim that nobody else noticed?

Friday night the issue was serious enough in the Brooklyn game in Toronto that they stopped play to check — and the rim needed to be adjusted.

First, that is a way nicer level than the one in my home tool kit — they weren’t even looking at the bubble in the little tube. I have no need for that nice a level, but I want one.

I’ve never seen anything like that before during a game. Not that it was going to change the outcome much, the Raptors went on to win 116-112 behind a triple-double from Kyle Lowry of 25 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds.