Wednesday night the Milwaukee Bucks were on defense, up three and less than seven seconds to play against the Orlando Magic.
It was a perfect “foul or defend’ situation.
The ball went to Tobias Harris. As he made his move Bucks head coach Jim Boylan wanted his team to foul.
“It was under 5 seconds and we were trying to foul right there,” said Bucks head coach Jim Boylan. “They called a continuation.”
Rewind to February 19 of this year the Bucks were in the same situation against the Brooklyn Nets. Milwaukee elected to defend and the Nets made a three – and later won the game in overtime.
Tobias Harris of the Magic had the ball with 5.2 seconds left in the game. Marquis Daniels went to give the foul and the ref made the call; but Harris launched the three-point shot and got the continuation.
Nothing but net.
Possible four point play.
Luckily, Harris missed the free-throw and the game went to overtime.
It’s the first time this season in the NBA that the team using the “fouling” strategy has backfired. (Before the Bucks fouled Wednesday night, teams that gave the foul were a perfect 13 for 13 on the year when they fouled.)
“Everybody has all the stats and all the numbers (about late-game fouling when leading by three), but there’s a human factor in these games, too. You have to take that into account. He (Daniels) got there a little late.”
I have the stats Coach Boylan, your decision was a smart one.