The buildup to Game 3 of the NBA Finals had an unusual controversy involving — of all things — one of the baskets.

A basketball hoop is 10 feet high. As we learned in Hoosiers, that’s the case in small high school gyms, massive arenas, and all points in between. Only, that wasn’t the case in Boston on Wednesday ahead of Game 3.

Kendra Andrews of ESPN reported that roughly 90 minutes before the opening tip, a coach for the Golden State Warriors noticed that the rim Golden State was warming up on seemed a little too high. Some players confirmed that feeling. So, it was measured and sure enough, the rim was two inches too high.

There were some different feelings on this one. One was confusion about how something like this can happen during an NBA Finals — let alone an NBA Finals game.

Other fans had a theory, noting the home team is the Boston Celtics and there’s a tendency for things like this to occur to opponents of Boston teams during big events.

Regardless of who set the hoop and whether it was devious or an honest mistake, it certainly is unusual.

Fortunately, the mistake was caught. Now, the game would not have gone off with the hoop set at the wrong height. The NBA checks that before every game. But if a team spent most of its shootaround shooting at a hoop that’s 10 feet and two inches high, it might have a hard time adjusting to one that’s only 10 feet. Given the incredibly precise nature of shots, two inches could be a massive difference.

[Kendra Andrews]

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.