Warriors find Boston baskets too high


The Warriors players thought the basket they were shooting before Game 3 was over 10 feet tall – and they were right.

A worker was checking the level of the basket and the net on a ladder before the game. Jim Davis/The Boston Globe

BOSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors arrived at TD Garden for Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday to find the basket they were shooting at during warmups was not the correct height.

A 10-foot wooden pole was brought in to measure, and he confirmed that the basket was a few inches too high. It was quickly adjusted.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in his pre-game press conference that he was unaware of the issue, but it was not uncommon.

“Players have a very keen eye for that. Players can tell,” he said. “I imagine someone went there, looked at it, didn’t look good. So as long as they take care of it, it’s fine.

Kerr then took the opportunity to steer the league to late start times for the Finals. All games for the week started after 9 p.m. ET, with Sunday games taking place an hour earlier.

“It’s a good thing the game starts at midnight,” Kerr said as reporters laughed. “We’ll have plenty of time to fix it.”

The teams split the two games in San Francisco before the best-of-seven series moved to Boston, where the 17-time NBA champion Celtics have a history of success — and, some say, shenanigans. Former Celtics coach, general manager and president Red Auerbach has often been accused of everything from turning off hot water in the visitors’ locker room at the original Boston Garden to designing dead spots in the parquet .

Hall of Famer Bill Walton, who was a member of the Celtics’ 1986 championship team, said he didn’t think anything untoward was going on.

“I’m surprised Steve didn’t say anything about Red Auerbach,” he said.


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