Non-review of clock slights Suns in final seconds of loss to Jazz

Oct 28, 2019, 10:16 PM | Updated: Oct 30, 2019, 3:51 pm
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks at the officials after an NBA basketball game against the...
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks at the officials after an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Phoenix. The Jazz won 96-95. (AP Photo/Matt York)
(AP Photo/Matt York)

The Phoenix Suns lost to the Utah Jazz 96-95 on Monday night but not without a controversial ending.

With less than eight seconds remaining in the game, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drove down the lane in an attempt for the game-winner.

But Devin Booker fouled Mitchell in the act of shooting with just 0.4 seconds left on the clock.

However, after taking a look at the replay, it appears that there should have been at least a full second left, as the home clock operator is supposed to stop the clock upon the referee’s whistle.

You be the judge.

“I have to be more clear on that. It’s one of those situations where maybe I could have,” Suns head coach Monty Williams said when asked if he could have challenged.

“That’s a tough one. I was talking to (referee) Tony Brown the whole time like, ‘At least look at it. It’s the last two minutes.’ We always talk about getting a call right. Just thought we got dealt a tough one.”

Adding to the oddity is the fact that the referees didn’t even review the play.

The Suns still had one timeout remaining that Williams could have used to draw up a final attempt to tie or even win the game at the buzzer.

Mitchell would go on to make the first free throw but missed the second so that Phoenix wouldn’t have enough time to get the rebound and heave a last-second shot.

“We looked at it. We felt like it was at least 1.8 on the clock and I tried to get them to look at it,” Williams said.

“We look at all kinds of stuff, flagrant fouls, pushing and shoving the whole game, but then a pivotal point in the game and we don’t even review it. I have to talk to the league about that because I just felt like we needed to at least look at it and see how much time we had — 1.8, that’s a lot of time. It could be 1.4. You only need 0.4 to get a catch-and-shoot off.”

Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives past San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray, right, durin...
Kellan Olson

Chris Paul dominates clutch time again in Suns’ win over Spurs

Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul continued his league-leading efficiency in clutch time for a win over the Spurs.
23 hours ago
Jae Crowder #99 of the Phoenix Suns reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Golden Stat...
Kellan Olson

Suns reset after conclusion of winning streak; Ish Wainright gets run

The Phoenix Suns get over a week at home with just two games after a grueling stretch in the schedule across November.
23 hours ago
Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by ph2in the second half at Chase Center...
Kellan Olson

Mikal Bridges, Suns thankful after wing avoids serious finger injury

A lot of hearts sunk into stomachs on Friday when Mikal Bridges was visibly upset after injuring his finger during the loss to the Warriors.
2 days ago
Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) looks to pass over New York Knicks' Julius Randle (30) during the fi...
Arizona Sports

By the numbers: Suns’ franchise-best winning streak comes to close

The Phoenix Suns' franchise record 18-game winning streak is over, but there were some impressive numbers put up throughout it.
3 days ago
Stephen Curry #30 is congratulated by Juan Toscano-Anderson #95 of the Golden State Warriors after ...
Kellan Olson

Suns put up a fight against Warriors before taking 1st loss in over a month

We often hear the saying of "not going down without a fight," and boy, is that apt for the Phoenix Suns' franchise-record winning streak.
3 days ago
Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) shoots against the Golden State Warriors during the first hal...
Arizona Sports

Suns’ winning streak ends at 18 games after loss to Warriors

The Phoenix Suns' 18-game winning streak that became a franchise record on Thursday ended on Friday after a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
4 days ago
Non-review of clock slights Suns in final seconds of loss to Jazz