The Los Angeles Lakers were back on national television Wednesday night and like most of their nationally televised games this season, it was a good one.
Tied at 108 with less than 10 seconds left on the shot clock, the Lakers had a chance to end the game in regulation. Coming out of the timeout, head coach Luke Walton had a play drawn up for Kyle Kuzma but Josh Hart couldn’t get the ball into him.
Hart inbounded the ball to Zubac, but found the ball back in his hands with the clock winding down. Hart drove to the basket and 3 ... 2 ... “Hey, what happened to my TV?!”
This is a HELL OF A TIME for ESPN to cut away. pic.twitter.com/PT44KAmj1x— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) April 5, 2018
That’s right, ESPN cut to commercial as soon as Hart was at the rim with the potentially game-winning shot. I guess that’s one way to keep advertisers happy.
The shot ultimately didn’t go in, but it was almost as bad as if it did. Luckily, it was all smooth sailing for ESPN during overtime, where Kuzma took over and carried the Lakers to a 122-112 victory.
The Lakers will play on national television just two more times this season, Friday on NBA TV and Tuesday on TNT. Let’s hope those games have minimal interruptions, particularly in crunch time.