John Wall drove a dagger through the Boston Celtics and their hopes of avoiding a Game 7, but as the dust settled from a dramatic Game 6 some have noticed Wall got a significant assist from the clock operator.
As Jack Maloney at CBS Sports points out, a bit of human error may have robbed the Celtics of precious time to get a game-winning shot off before the buzzer. After Wall hit a 3-pointer to put the Wizards up with 3.5 seconds in the fourth, the Celtics called timeout.
On the inbound, Al Horford passes to Kelly Olynyk, who is fouled almost immediately by Kelly Oubre Jr. This time, though, they did not try to fight one another. More pressing matters were at hand. The referee calls a foul, raises his arm, and blows the whistle with about 2.8 seconds left on the clock.