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Rockets plan to break out the hack-a-Dwight vs. Lakers

Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

Dwight Howard AP

You know how long we are going to see teams use hack-a-Dwight against Dwight Howard and the Lakers?

Until it stops working.

Orlando fouled Howard seven times in the final seven minutes of their game Sunday night, and the Lakers were up six points when Howard entered the game. While Howard hit 7-of-14 free throws in that quarter the strategy threw the Lakers off their game (at both ends), and Orlando outscored the Lakers 35-19 the rest of the way and won.

The Houston Rockets are no dummies, and coach Kelvin Sampson told you may well see it Tuesday night when the teams face off.

“We’ve done that with other players too,” Sampson said. “I mean, I remember we were in Milwaukee and we beat Dallas playing Hack-a-Brendan (Haywood). I’m sure teams in the past have played Hack-an-Omer.

“If you have a choice of wrapping him (Dwight Howard) up or give him a dunk, then that’s an easy decision. Make him make the free throws.”

Chandler Parsons got to the bottom line.

“It worked,” Chandler Parsons said. “I think it’s smart to do it every now and then. I don’t think you should rely on it. I think, hopefully, we’re not in a situation where we have to do that, but it’s up to the coaching staff and it obviously worked last night. If he’s struggling like that, there’s no reason to give him anything easy.”

So enjoy the Howard parade to the free throw line Tuesday night. Nothing makes for good television like that.

  1. bucs24 - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Why not it works.

  2. dls612 - Dec 4, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Good!!! Use your bigs and fouls and send him to the line!

  3. plaguedog519 - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Anyone remember back when people free throws were considered the easiest points in the game and players could actually *gasp* MAKE them?

    • eventhorizon04 - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      ….The vast majority of NBA players make their free throws. That’s why this “Hack-A-______” Strategy is only used on a few players, typically centers, not everybody.

      It’s not like shooting free throws is a “lost-art” that players mastered in the 1970’s but current players in the NBA struggle with.

    • davidly - Dec 5, 2012 at 5:53 AM

      No, and neither do you.

      The players’ collective FT percentage has been at 75% for more than half a century now. In collage it’s hovered at about sixty-nine percent for just as long.

      Additionally, dominant big men are notoriously the worst from the stripe. Wilt Chamberlain once tried the Rick Barry granny shot.

  4. bigwii - Dec 4, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    I can’t wait to see if David Stern threatens to fine teams for doing this too I mean he controls everything else right?

  5. edwardsro - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    They should change the rules to not allow this. Be a f-ck man and play the game.

    • genericcommenter - Dec 4, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Maybe a 26 year-old who’s already made $83 million to play basketball could work on one of the easiest ways to get points in a basketball game.

  6. hojo20 - Dec 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    So glad the Lakers lost…..again!

  7. therealgts - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Edwardsro….why doesn’t he be a “f*ck man” and make free throws which are part of the game?

  8. AlohaMrHand - Dec 4, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    I hope the Pelicans beat them tomorrow night

  9. dko83 - Dec 5, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    I love this. Dwight is really going to want to be playing down the stretch in those tight playoff games. Too bad he won’t be.

    • bozosforall - Dec 5, 2012 at 4:11 AM

      Steve Nash will change the equation once h gets back from injury. Too bad for you Laker haters.

      • lakerfan4life - Dec 5, 2012 at 6:52 AM

        Oh, RIGHT!!! Because Steve Nash will change the equation of the Lakers not playing 4th quarter defense that allows the opposing team to average 37 points in the 4th quarter. Because Defense is Steve Nash’s strong suit!

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:07 AM

        His offensive contributions will more than make up for any defensive shortcomings.

      • dko83 - Dec 5, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        Too bad for us their defense will get even worse. PGs you’ll face in the playoffs: Westbrook, Parker, Paul, Conley. Number of those guys Nash can stay in front of: 0

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:11 AM

        Laker defense still better than the softies in Beantown.

      • dko83 - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:20 AM

        Keep telling yourself that!

      • bozosforall - Dec 6, 2012 at 1:22 AM

        The stats don’t lie, idiot.

  10. whitdog23 - Dec 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    davidly, collage?? seriously? lol

    • davidly - Dec 5, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      I can’t help it. I was draftid after kinnygartin.

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