While Brandon Jennings from the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award last week, many Cleveland Cavaliers fans think that another member of the Bucks should have won the award.
In the Cavs/Bucks game on Saturday, Jennings hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to win the game. The Cavs’ Kyrie Irving had just hit a shot to tie the game, and it looked like it was going to go to overtime.
With 0.7 seconds left, the ball was inbounded to Jennings above the three-point line. Jennings was able to catch the ball, turn quickly and then shoot, all before the clock ran out. And if you watch the video, you can see that not only does all of that happen before the clock went off, but the ball was also all the way at the top of its arc, and halfway to the basket before the clock hits .00.
If Jennings was really the secret identity of The Flash, then maybe all of that could happen in .7 seconds. But the only Flash in the NBA is down in Miami, and there is now way that all of that could have happened in .7 seconds.
The headlines the next day should not have read “Jennings Wins Game,” but instead, “Jennings Defies Laws Of Physics.”
Cavs Head Coach Byron Scott even alluded to it after the game in quotes posted on NBA.com
“I don’t want to get fined, so I’m not going to say anything about the clock starting late on the last shot. They have to figure out a way to do something about that. Bottom line is it doesn’t count or you have to take it out again. Looking at it again in the locker room a couple of times, the shot shouldn’t have counted. The clock started too late,” Scott said.
The coach is exactly right, and I love the fact that he starts off saying he won’t say anything about the clock starting late and then goes on to talk about the clock starting late.
Maybe the Bucks would have won in overtime anyway, but they definitely should not have won in regulation.
I don’t want to take too much away from Jennings, who is a great player, but that player of the week award probably should go to the clock operator in Milwaukee.
Jennings may have ended the first week of play leading the league in assists (13 a game) and led the Eastern Conference in steals (4 a game) while also scoring 17 points a game, but the clock operator for the Bucks had the biggest steal of all during the week, stealing a win for the Bucks.