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Utah Jazz: Reliving Joe Johnson's game-winner

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  • Idaho_Boy Aberdeen, ID
    April 17, 2017 2:13 p.m.

    I don't think there was any question of did he get the shot off in time. I think they were looking at the other end to see if there was any time left on the clock for the Clippers to try and respond.

  • Swan Ronson St. Louis, MO
    April 17, 2017 8:20 a.m.

    I think every piece I've read about this game references the fact that Johnson got the shot off in time, and most add something about an official review confirming it.

    Was this ever actually a question? It seems like since we added replay, every important play is so over-scrutinized that it's laughable. I can't imagine a single person watching that game was thinking "Whoah; I don't know! The buzzer might have sounded before he released that shot!"

    I'm all for replay, used judiciously, but officials have to be able to use common sense. It wasn't even close to being too late; why is anyone bothering with an "official review"?

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    April 16, 2017 9:24 p.m.

    "The ball clearly left Johnson’s hand before time expired, but it bounced off of the back of the rim and then rattled in through the cylinder on the way down."

    Added information: When the ball hit the back of the rim there was about 1.0 or slightly less on the game clock and the ball bounced up, and hit the glass backboard just enough to kick it out a few inches so that when it fell due to gravity it was inside the rim. True, it rattled from the back of the rim to the front, but if it hadn't bounced slightly off the glass in would have dropped onto the flat metal part that holds the rim out from the glass and perhaps not fallen through the hoop and net. At a long distance, that is hardly observable, but ESPN showed it up close several times and the ball does indeed carom off the glass just a few inches. When it subsequently came down and entered the net the game clock was at 0:00. JAZZ VICTORY!