Wednesday night, michigan sports fans He experienced a nasty flashback when the Detroit Pistons lost to the Chicago Bulls, 117-115.
Pistons rookie guard Jaden Ivey called a timeout Detroit didn’t have as he tried to get the ball out, giving Chicago technical free kick and the ball to freeze the game.
With 9.7 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the pistons down twoIvey called a timeout after failing to get the basketball in, not realizing Detroit had none left.
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The Pistons were called for an excessive timeout technical foul, giving Chicago a free throw and the ball.
The mental blunder immediately reminded fans, and the broadcaster, of Chris Webber’s blunder in the national championship 1993 while playing for the Michigan Wolverines.
In that game, Webber called a timeout that Michigan did not have, giving the Tar Heels two free throws and possession with 0:11 seconds remaining in the second half.
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Detroit’s loss was the sixth straight, leaving the Pistons at 15-48 on the season.
«He panicked, but the game was neither won nor lost on that play,» Detroit head coach Dwane Casey said. «It was lost in the first quarter. With the laissez-faire approach we had defensively, they got what they wanted. It’s a big mountain to climb when you fall behind in this league.»
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Ivey, who scored 18 points in 31 minutes, took responsibility for the mental error after the game.
«I feel like I could have done a better job of asking how many timeouts we had and that possession of the game is key,» Ivey said after the game, according to The Detroit News.
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«We had a chance to tie or win the game. It’s tough. I put it on my shoulders.»
Demar DeRozan, a 14-year NBA veteran, said it was the first time he had seen an excessive timeout call.
«That was the first one,» DeRozan said. «I’ve never seen that».
Associated Press contributed to this report