DeAndre Jordan laughs & walks out of postgame conference when asked about 34 free throw attempts in GM4
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Shout out to Ashok for putting together this montage of DeAndre Jordan shooting 34 free-throws with John Tesh’s famous NBA on NBC music. Yes I said 34, which included a NBA playoff record 28 first half attempts as Kevin McHale continued to try the hack-a-shaq strategy.
“I didn’t really know how many I was shooting,” said Jordan. “I was just trying to make as many as I could for our team, and on the other end just try to get us as many stops as I could in a row.”
The 28 attempts was 1 more than Shaq attempted in a playoff game 15 years ago.
“It just slows the game down so much,” Griffin said. “Anybody that shoots 28 free throws in the first half, that’s just crazy.”
So did the crazy strategy work? Considering the Rockets were down by 9 at the half and lost by 33, I would say the answer is hell no it didn’t work. Even some of the Rockets were against the failed strategy.
“Personally, I don’t like it,” Harden said, “but I guess different coaches have their different philosophies.”
It will be interesting to see if McHale tries the strategy one more time when the series moves back to Houston on Tuesday. It will also be interesting to see if Doc Rivers does it to Dwight Howard who was just 1 of 7 on the night before getting ejected.
Besides going 14-34 from the free throw line, DJ was 6 of 7 from the floor and finished game-highs of 26 points and 17 rebounds.