Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier have over 66 years of broadcasting experience between each other, but that didn't stop the Washington Wizards' play-by-play announcer and color commentary man from mistaking an airball for a game-winning three-pointer.
The Wizards had a chance to win on the final possession against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. After trailing for much of the evening, the Wizards had the ball and a chance at the final shot in front of a home crowd.
After John Wall got the ball to Bradley Beal, the rookie was able to find Trevor Ariza in shooting position in the left corner, seemingly a good shot given the circumstances of Washington's situation.
The ball looked good in the air, and Ariza's corner three hit all net—just not the good kind.
As the Wizards left the court after yet another loss on their home turf, Buckhantz and Chenier were busy congratulating the home-town team on a hard-fought, comeback win.
It wasn't until the duo had taken a breath that the production crew was able to send word of what the shot really was—an airball—and what turned out to be Washington's 38th loss of the season.
It was an embarrassing gaffe for the Wizards' broadcast team, but I'm digging the excitement that Buckhantz protruded after he thought Washington had pulled off a stunning upset. In his mind, the play would likely be on ESPN's "Top 10" plays of the night, and he would provide the call.
Turns out Buckhantz, Chenier and the Wizards will probably still make ESPN, just on the "Not Top 10" segment, instead.