Not sure why this hasn't been brought up for last night or if we meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the playoffs, but in the 4th quarter with the game close is a good strategy to " Hack A Perkins "? Hear me out. Perkins shoots .526 from the foul line and is 2 of 13 from the line in his last 5 games. Last night he was really giving Aldridge fits in the paint and forcing him into jumpers all night long when he was on the court.
The Blazers can intentionally foul him up to the 2 minute mark away from the ball and make him shoot free throws. Would this have been a good strategy last night to either make him shoot free throws or force Scotty Brooks to take him out of the game. At the 8:19 mark in the 4th quarter Perkins enters the game for Nazr Mohammed with the game tied 79-79. Knowing that the Thunder and especially Westbrook and Durant average more than 1 point per possession would a good strategy be to intentionally foul Perkins and send him to the line every time up until either they take him out, thus giving the guards more room to penetrate and Aldridge to go inside, or if he starts making more than 1 outta every 2 free throws. Should the Blazers have done this last night when down 6 with 5 minutes left or down 4 with 3:45 left and Perkins still in the game? When the Blazers were down by 6 and the Thunder were hitting shots wouldn't it be smart to have more offensive possessions and limit the points they score on offense each possession to likely 1 point or at most 2?
The Blazers were outscored 20-11 in the last 8:19 of the ballgame and had only 12 possessions to the Thunders 14. If they had fouled Perkins each time and had more possessions I think the Blazers win last night. What do you think?