shot clock


Definition of shot clock

: a clock in basketball that displays a countdown of the time within which shooting the ball is required

Examples of shot clock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nets coach Stan Albeck felt that the shot clock should have expired before that follow-up. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 May 2021 The shot clock expired as the ball rolled toward midcourt and out of bounds. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2021 With the 12-second shot clock, no team can milk a time; a comeback always felt possible. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 28 July 2021 As far as playing time goes, teams play one period of 10 minutes and there is a 12-second shot clock. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 19 July 2021 Billups said limiting the number of times Lillard and McCollum must bail out the team with difficult shots late in the shot clock could come with more offensive continuity. oregonlive, 2 July 2021 On the third play, Leonard committed a 24-second shot clock violation. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 The Wolverines got as close as three points before Smith delivered his clutch basket as the 35-second shot clock was winding down. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 As the shot clock ticked down late in the second half and after the Suns had whipped the ball around the perimeter to each other like the Harlem Globetrotters — in tempo only, not with tricks — Bridges found Deandre Ayton for a layup. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021

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First Known Use of shot clock

1967, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2021

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“Shot clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shot clock

: a clock that shows how much time a player has left to shoot the ball


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