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Video: Shot clock operator shorts the Nuggets 12 seconds

Kelly Dwyer
Ball Don't Lie

It can't be easy working as a clock operator for Denver Nuggets home games. The team averages nearly 96 possessions per game, third-most in the NBA. That's a lot of flip-switchin'. Toss in the thin air, and you're bound to make some mistakes.

Like this one, as sent to us by Celtics Hub's Brian Robb:

You can clearly see the 24-second shot clock start at 12, exactly where the Boston Celtics left it when they finished their previous possession. Because the Nuggets like to work quickly, Denver managed to get a shot off within the constraints of the newly halved shot clock, but just barely. And nobody, save for Nuggets guard Aaron Afflalo, seemed to notice when the buzzer sounded early. Not the announcers, not the refs, not yours truly at home.

And Afflalo might not have been complaining about the dodgy shot clock. Watch him throughout the possession. He might be upset at not getting the ball.

NBA? You owe us, and the Nuggets, 12 more seconds.

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