Apr 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs power forwardTim Duncan
(21) and Los Angeles Clippers centerDeAndre Jordan
(6) battle for position for a rebound in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Let’s be honest everybody, the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ works when you can make it work. The San Antonio Spurs have always proven that whenever they needed to slow the game down in any situation. Using this tactic that first revolved around the Big Diesel, Shaquille O’Neal himself, have somewhat slowed the game down for the Spurs to come back from how many points they are trailing by to win the game.
Yesterday’s the Houston Rockets took on the Los Angeles Clippers and made an attempt to perform the Hack-a-Jordan, due to Dwight Howard getting into foul problems early in the game. To add to the horrible site from all the fans and viewers watching, this was done in the first quarter of the game. Many fans didn’t approve of this and there were actually fans that were bad mouthing Rockets coach Kevin McHale for this outcome.
” Personally, I don’t like it, but I guess different coaches have their different philosophies.” – James Harden
The Spurs usually attempt to perform this act during later times during the ball game. If they necessarily have to use it earlier in the game, they will make the effort to do so, which is rare at times. The Spurs have made this attempted on many players such as Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, Josh Smith and Kendrick Perkins just to name a few.
Apr 12, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yells instructions to guardDanny Green
(14) during the game against the Phoenix Suns at AT&T Center. Spurs won 107-91. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
These are the moments where all the big man in the league can have the opportunity to make their free throws to increase the lead. But with all the pressure in front of them and the knowledge in their mind that they cannot make the free throw to even save their life, they miss it. That is what Coach Gregg Popovich wants and that is exactly what the Spurs need to make that quick comeback. Many Spurs fans love it, but opposing fans cannot stand to see this site. It slows the game down and it takes away from the excitement of the game.
The Rockets may have thought it would be a good move to perform this, but it didn’t work at all. Not only did the Clippers manage to set their defense properly, Chris Paul was also able to rest that hamstring a lot more.
So the next time the Rockets want to perform the Hack-a-Whoever during desperate times like what we witness last night, please watch highlight film of how the Spurs do it the correct way. At least your fans won’t be too angry if done properly.