The shot clock malfunction that turned Game 1 of the opening round series between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets into a near calamity was an embarrassment to all involved. The NBA did not like the sideshow of the public address announcer having to count off ticks on the clock in its opening game of the postseason, and the players likely did not enjoy both their rhythm being interrupted and their routine altered as the possessions wore down. And the Air Canada Centre certainly did not appreciate its beautiful facility being looked at by millions as some sort of Mickey Mouse affair.
It appears the problem occurred because there was a mouse in the house. That mouse was a real Mickey, namely ESPN, at least according to one anonymous ACC source who spoke to Jeff Zillgitt at USA Today:
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ESPN caused the shot clocks to malfunction during Game 1 Saturday between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre when it tried to solve an internal issue by plugging into the same