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.”


Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, left, battles Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) f...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns swarm Mavericks defensively to improve NBA-best record

The Suns are in a position few teams in franchise history have ever been, atop the NBA standings and looking the part of title favorites.
1 day ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives past Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe during the ...
Arizona Sports

NBA All-Star voting update: Suns’ Devin Booker still outpaced by Klay Thompson

Suns G Devin Booker continues to lose ground on the Warriors’ Klay Thompson in the most recent return of NBA All-Star fan voting.
1 day ago
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of ...
Kellan Olson

Devin Booker leads Suns with season-high 48 points in win vs. Spurs

Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker was sensational with a season-high 48 points in a win over the San Antonio Spurs.
4 days ago
Cameron Johnson #23 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against Russell Westbrook #0 of the Los An...
Arizona Sports

Cam Johnson returning for Phoenix Suns after 3-game absence

Suns forward Cam Johnson is returning Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs after a three-game absence because of a left ankle sprain.
4 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns dribbles the ball while being guarded by Justin Holiday #8 of t...
Arizona Sports

Suns’ Devin Booker earns Western Conference Player of the Week honors

After leading the Suns to a 3-0 record on the road, guard Devin Booker was named Western Conference Player of the Week.
4 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns drives against Cory Joseph #18 of the Detroit Pistons in the se...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns roll through Pistons for convincing road win

The Phoenix Suns were not going to let another matinee weekend game on a road trip get the better of them.
5 days ago
Non-review of clock slights Suns in final seconds of loss to Jazz