The Brooklyn Nets are an absolute disaster right now, but media obligations require TNT to broadcast their game against the Boston Celtics.
The worst part about less thrilling Nets-Celtics the game, no Brooklyn Big-3, was that the NBA had a great game about 100 miles from Brooklyn, between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Phoenix Suns.
With the Nets past an embarrassing 28-2 deficit, TNT will have to get creative if they are to keep audiences watching their Tuesday night games. That creativity comes from “technical difficulty”, as TNT’s describes it Adam Lefkoe.
Late in the third inning of the game, the feed oddly froze while Boston led Brooklyn by 89-59. After an emergency commercial break, TNT returned with their film crew.
“When they have the power back, we’ll check it out,” Lefkoe said.
“Did you say when they’ll have the power back?” studio analyst Shaquille O’Neal request.
“When they got power in the truck,” Lefkoe said, to further clarify why they don’t broadcast Nets-Celtics from Brooklyn anymore.
But thankfully he doesn’t have to go through a bad game anymore, and O’Neal believes the technical difficulties may have been intentional. “Someone just walked past and said ‘man, I don’t want the world to see this!’ And just unplug the truck,” said O’Neal.
Instead of Nets-Celtics, TNT watched the Sixers-Suns match live, broadcasting most of the game’s fourth half. TNT does not own the rights to the show broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia, making it impossible for them to make the full game.
But during the live review, TNT used the studio team O’Neal, Lefkoe, Candace Parker and Dwyane Wade to provide commentary for most of the fourth quarter for the Sun show 114-109 wins via Philly, wowing basketball fans across the country.
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