shot clock


Definition of shot clock

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

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Then with the score tied 33-33 at 14:53, the shot clock had issues, which considering the shooting by both teams was only fitting. John Fineran, The Seattle Times, "Gibbs and Harvey key 69-59 Irish victory over Georgia Tech," 10 Feb. 2019 In addition to tournament expansion, moving the three-point line and a wider lane, the conference also suggests having the shot clock reset to 20 seconds after offensive rebounds instead of 30, according to The Herald-Sun. Khadrice Rollins,, "ACC Coaches Suggest Expanding NCAA Tournament to 72 Teams at Conference Meetings," 17 May 2018 Marial Shayok added 16 points, 10 in the final eight minutes, including a crucial off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 1:19 remaining, for Iowa State (18-5, 7-3 Big 12). John Tranchina, The Seattle Times, "Wigginton, Shayok lead No. 17 Iowa State over Oklahoma," 4 Feb. 2019 With Warriors Cleveland has continued to keep pace with Golden State, not letting what could be a backbreaking play, like Nick Young managing to score off an inbound pass with just 1.5 seconds left on the shot clock, break their spirit. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals: Warriors Survive Superman’s Best Punch in Game 1," 1 June 2018 And if Roberson could avoid a screen or two, an offense could easily run six or seven seconds off the shot clock without accomplishing anything at all., "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 From the floors to the stands to the shot clock, everything but the scoreboard and walls are new. Steve Brand,, "Southwest's Selland is all in with basketball," 18 Jan. 2018 All games will be played under the regulation format (eight-minute quarters, 35-second shot clock and fouls). Andrew Turner,, "Local schools to take court in George Yardley Summer Tournament," 21 June 2018 Wright had nine points in the last 3:38, including a deep three-pointer from the right wing as the shot clock was winding down. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Raptors push Wizards to brink of elimination, take 3-2 series lead," 25 Apr. 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shot clock

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

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