Slow Start

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Some days you wake up and you just don’t quite feel ready to go yet.  It’s a similar feeling to what the teams in these games felt.  Over the last seven years, the longest scoring drought at the beginning of a game was 224 seconds – in a game on March 26, 2016 between the Timberwolves and Jazz.

The two offensive powerhouses combined for 11 missed shots before Karl-Anthony Towns mercifully made a shot.  The clock read 8:16 and the crowd breathed a sigh of relief – though it took another minute and 16 seconds before the Jazz finally were able to get one to rattle home.

As far as one-team futility goes, though, the record is far worse.  The Los Angeles Lakers, on Jan. 13, 2015, managed to go 457 seconds before scoring.  In the game against the Miami Heat the Lakers missed 11 shots to begin the game – plus two free throws for good measure.  Luckily for the home crowd, Kobe finally got one to fall, with 4:23 left in the 1st quarter.  Somehow the Lakers almost ended up winning that game, as a 3-pointer from Bryant that could have tied the game with 2 seconds left didn’t quite drop.

Finally, on Dec. 1, 2013, in a game between the Pelicans and Knicks, neither team even attempted a shot for 88 seconds.  It must have felt like an eternity as the two teams traded turnovers until finally the great Andrea Bargnani managed to take a shot at the basket.  It did go in – though it wouldn’t matter as the Knicks ended up losing the game.

Courtesy of Basketball Reference

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