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Perception not reality for Wizards announcer on last-second shot

Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza shoots over

Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza shoots over Detroit Pistons point guard Rodney Stuckey during the second half at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Detroit defeated Washington 96-95. (Feb. 27, 2013) Credit: MCT

Geography makes all the difference for announcers, regardless of whether they are focusing on the basketball court or looking at a TV monitor to see a play.

Washington's Trevor Ariza put up a three-point shot in the final seconds Wednesday night, and if you were watching on television, it looked like it went in.

And from the vantage point of broadcaster Steve Buckhantz, it looked the same. Only, it came up a bit short. Watch the video below and see what we mean.


Even the Pistons' broadcast crew thought it went him. Here's the call from broadcasters George Blaha and Greg Kelser, who did the same thing, only they didn't scream "Dagger!" since their team appeared to have lost.

For the record, the Pistons beat the Wizards, 96-95.

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