FOUL OR DEFEND?
If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know we often talk about the late game situation when you are up three, less than nine seconds left and your team is on defense.
Do you foul or just defend?
Here is my blog entry from last year and the data from the situations I found late in the season at the high school and college level.
Yesterday I watched a girls varsity team foul. The team trailing by three went to the line, made the first shot, missed the second on purpose but the team that was ahead secured the rebound and won the game. Huge key is GRABBING THE REBOUND!
Last night in the NBA the Boston Celtics fouled; leading by three with just 4.9 to play, Rajon Rondo fouled Brandon Jennings. He made the first but missed the second. The Celtics rebounded the ball, got fouled and made one of two at the other end to take a three-point lead with 4.5 to play. Boston fouled again sending the Bucks to the line where they split the pair. There was a lane violation on Milwaukee, the Celtics won the game.
The strategy worked.
You have to foul in this situation. Keep me updated on any situations you see or are involved in. I know one thing, we are going to foul this season. But another key is you have to practice this situation often.