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WASHINGTON - The Washington Mystics and Las Vegas Aces were scheduled to have a basketball game at 7:00 on Saturday night. Once again, there was a problem out of both team's control that prevented it from being a normal game.

Opening tip was delayed by 20 minutes due to a malfunction of the game clocks. Neither shot clock above the baskets would light up and stay on to start the game. Far from what was expected in a contest between the WNBA's two best teams. 

The clocks reportedly shorted out due to the flash floods that D.C. had earlier this week, according to Lindsay Gibbs.

This is the third time in their past four head-to-head contests an unforeseen circumstance led to a delay, suspension or cancelation. Playing in Las Vegas earlier this month the game was suspended at halftime due to an earthquake. Last August the Aces forfeited their game against Mystics due to a travel nightmare trying to get to Washington D.C. Traveling for 26 straight hours and arriving at the team hotel four hours before the scheduled tip, the Aces refused to play for concerns about health and safety.

Like the previous issues, this was not able to be resolved in a timely manner. After 20 minutes the officials determined there was enough of a delay. 

The game was played without a shot clock above the basket.

 

Instead, players used the clocks from the scoreboards on both ends of the court. Going one step further, the public address announcer alerted everyone with “TEN” seconds on the clock and counted down when it got below five seconds. 

There was a second delay early on in the first quarter to review a collision between All-Star game captain A’ja Wilson and the Mystics’ Emma Meesseman. It further extended the game by four minutes, but at least this time it was because of something called on the court. Meesseman was called for the foul, but a shove by Wilson afterward warranted a technical.

Eventually, a shot clock was assembled on the baseline, but not until there was 4:45 to go in the third quarter.

The Mystics would lose the game after leading by as much as 15 points in the opening quarter. 

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