In the heat of the ongoing Eastern Conference semifinals between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics, NBA Twitter has found itself preoccupied with something other than the game itself. A drone camera angle deployed by TNT for broadcasting Game 2 has left viewers with a less than favorable impression, as it captures the court from an awkward side perspective, high above the action.
TNT has been using a drone camera during the Celtics vs. Sixers game
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 4, 2023
@marissox tweet was rather explicit, but candid, nonetheless:
the tnt drone for the celtics game is stupid and the frame rate sucks ass
— marissa (@marissaaox) May 4, 2023
Another NBA fan tweeted in the comments of a post by @awfulannouncing, “It’s legitimately the worst thing I’ve ever seen on a sports broadcast. The picture sucks and it’s incredibly distracting.”
It’s legitimately the worst thing I’ve ever seen on a sports broadcast. The picture sucks and it’s incredibly distracting.
— Freem (@freemmatt) May 4, 2023
This may very well be the first and last time TNT decides to broadcast a sports game from this drone camera angle.
Looking back at Game 1 of the series, the Celtics were not able to capitalize on the absence of the 76ers’ MVP Joel Embiid, who was sidelined due to a left knee injury. Despite Jayson Tatum‘s 39 points, the Celtics failed to secure a win as 10-point favorites. James Harden stepped up for Philadelphia, scoring a playoff career-high 45 points, ensuring a four-point victory for his team.
As the series moved to Game 2, Embiid returned to the court, providing a much-needed defensive boost for the 76ers. While Harden’s outstanding offensive performance in Game 1 was enough to carry the team, the Sixers would struggle to keep up with the high-powered Celtics without another 40-point outing from the veteran guard.
However, the real story of Game 2 has become the awkward drone camera angle. As the teams continue to battle it out on the court, the unorthodox camera view has garnered significant criticism on NBA Twitter.
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