The persistent fouling of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been a story throughout the NBA playoffs. On Sunday night, Houston Rockets head coach Kevin McHale took the strategy to its extreme in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
Jordan attempted 28 free throws, which set the record for the most in a single half of a postseason game, per ESPN.com's Arash Markazi. Although Jordan hit only 10 of those shots, the Clippers owned a 60-54 lead at halftime.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix couldn't decide where he stood on the "Hack-a-Jordan" tactic:
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has indicated in the past that the league and its owners may tweak the rules regarding off-the-ball fouls in an effort to stop situations like the one happening Sunday.
It doesn't make the NBA look good to have so many fans and writers complaining about the boring nature of a playoff game because one team decides to send an opposing player to the line on nearly every possession.
Sunday's game could be the impetus to spur serious change.