Suns’ Jae Crowder, Monty Williams take blame for no timeout call vs. Jazz
Feb 27, 2022, 7:00 PM | Updated: 7:02 pm
(AP Photo/Matt York)
Hindsight is always 20-20.
If it worked out, no one would have questioned it.
But should the Phoenix Suns have called a timeout in the final 10 seconds of Sunday’s 118-114 loss to the Utah Jazz?
Jae Crowder WYD 😭 @shaqtin pic.twitter.com/1C2LGOS1lo
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 27, 2022
“I’m a veteran basketball player,” Suns forward Jae Crowder said of the play. “I should know what to do or not to do in that situation and I take that.”
Crowder even took to Twitter to say that the unfortunate possession was his fault after Suns head coach Monty Williams said, “That’s on me. That’s not on the guys.”
THAT ONE IS ON ME VALLEY… I WILL BE BETTER.!! 🤞🏾
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) February 27, 2022
Upon further review, it appears Williams actually did try to call a timeout.
However, the Suns head coach did not appear to begin notifying the referee until after Crowder had already put the ball into the air — thus not allowing Phoenix to call a TO because the team was not technically in possession of the basketball.
So the Jazz wanted to foul and Williams did want that split-second timeout call once the breakout didn't go anywhere but the pass was in the air by then. https://t.co/BSeqVXKDJK
— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) February 27, 2022
“I could run on the floor and call timeout,” Williams said. “I was at half-court trying to call it but we just couldn’t get that done and that’s on me.”
Another look at the replay shows that Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was signaling to his players to foul in order to send the Suns to the free throw line with Utah up 117-114.
But with the glaring absence of point guard Chris Paul, it can only make Suns fans wonder: Would that have happened if the Point God was on the court?