The Atlanta Hawks were on the verge of taking a commanding 3-1 lead over the Boston Celtics in their first-round playoff series on Sunday night. With 0.5 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, Hawks guard Trae Young iced the game with two free throws, sending the home crowd into a frenzy. However, confetti cannons immediately malfunctioned, delaying the game for nearly 20 minutes.
The Celtics and Hawks players were forced to retreat to their respective benches while the delay was sorted out. Some Boston players appeared to find the situation amusing, with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving chuckling and chatting with his teammates. However, the delay proved frustrating for others, with the Hawks’ veteran guard Lou Williams pacing and staring down at the confetti-littered court.
How Did It Impact the Game?
The delay was significant, interrupting the momentum of both teams as they prepared for overtime. The additional delay could have thrown the players off their rhythm and caused fatigue, impacting their performance heading into the extra period.
The issue was finally resolved and the confetti cannons were cleared from the court, allowing the two teams to regroup and prepare for overtime. In the end, it was the Hawks who emerged victorious, securing a 103-100 win over the Celtics in a thrilling game that saw 16 lead changes and 10 ties.
While the malfunctioning confetti cannons were an unexpected and frustrating disruption to the game, the delay did not significantly impact the outcome of the match. However, it did add an additional layer of excitement and unpredictability to what was already a thrilling playoff series. Fans will be eagerly anticipating Game 5 to see if the Celtics can bounce back and force the series back to Atlanta or if the Hawks can wrap things up on the road.