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NBA news: Robert Williams III breaks rim, causes 40-minute delay to Boston Celtics vs Denver Nuggets, hoop, response

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How many individuals does it take to repair a basketball hoop?

That was the query NBA fans were asking on Monday (AEDT) when the sport between the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics was delayed by 40 minutes due to a crooked hoop.

It was a much-anticipated clash between the 2 No. 1 seeds within the western and eastern conferences approaching the halfway mark of the season.

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The Nuggets led 110-97 midway through the fourth quarter when Celtics big man Robert Williams III accomplished a reasonably regulation two-handed dunk.

Williams hung off the ring with for several moments, but play continued for a few minutes until it was identified that the rim was barely lopsided.

Two ladders were brought out onto the court and a tradie’s leveller you’ll normally see at a construction site was even placed on top of the rim to examine it was flat.

The ring couldn’t be straightened out so after an agonising wait, a latest hoop was brought out, but even there was even some difficulty keeping the substitute hoop level.

NBA hoops have been strengthened because the days of Shaquille O’Neal breaking several backboards with slam dunks and fans couldn’t consider there was such an extended break in play over a comparatively innocuous dunk.

Star Celtics duo Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown weren’t impressed with how the situation was handled.

“It was just weird,” Taytum said.

“I don’t know exactly how long we waited but no person expected it to be that long. We got two-and-a-half minutes to warm up.”

Brown said: “They spent all that point attempting to fix it but after we got here back it still looked prefer it wasn’t even level.

“It just wasted all that point. It has an effect on the sport. That’s how injuries occur. Luckily that didn’t occur but that wasn’t good.

“The entire process was handled poorly in my view.”

When the sport eventually resumed, the Nuggets closed out a 123-11 win to maintain top spot within the western conference standings.

Two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic had one other triple double with 30 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

Jokic made 10-of-13 shots from the ground, including each 3-point attempts, and went 8-for-8 from the free throw line to supply his ninth triple double of the season.

The Nuggets improved to 24-12, stretching their Western Conference lead to at least one game with a tenth win in 12 contests and snapping Boston’s four-game win streak.

With AFP

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