NETS FOUL, NETS FOUL!
For the 100th case of the year in our Foul or Defend study at the NBA level, the Brooklyn Nets found themselves up three on the Phoenix Suns last night, with less than seven seconds to play and on defense.
Deron Williams gave up a foul to Goran Dragic before he could get off a game-tying three-point shot.
Dragic went to the foul line where he made the first shot and missed the second on purpose. The Suns grabbed the offensive rebound (a no-no of course) but missed the put back.
Game over, thanks for coming, arrive home safely.
For the thirteenth time this season, an NBA team has fouled in the Foul or Defend – for the thirteenth time the strategy has worked.
It’s also the second time this season under the guidance of PJ Carlesimo the Nets have had success fouling in the Foul or Defend.
What’s amazing is that I scanned the internet this morning looking for a mention of the Nets giving up a foul or a comment by PJ and not one story includes the strategy or a quote?
I wish a reporter would ask a coach in the post-game press conference about their decision.
Updated numbers in the NBA:
13 fouled – 13 have won
21 have made a game-tying three-point shot
24% success rate