Alvin Gentry Responds to Gregg Popovich's 'Hack-a-Lou' Strategy
Amundson is shooting just 54.5 percent from the free throw line on the season, and with the Spurs down big, it made sense in Popovich's eyes to stop the clock, and take his chances with Lou at the free throw line, instead of letting Phoenix's offense continue to work to perfection.
I suppose it worked, since Amundson went 1-of-2 when the Spurs sent him to the line early in the fourth quarter. But it's a polarizing topic among basketball fans who specifically wonder if this is, for lack of a better term, the "right way" to play basketball.
Alvin Gentry was asked about Popovich's use of the strategy during his postgame presser, and had this to say about it.
"It's okay, that's fine, Lou will step to the line and he'll shoot 'em and he'll make his share," Gentry said. "We're not going to take anyone out of the game; we had somebody at the table to sub in for Lou even before that started. But we're not going to take anybody out of the game just because they try to do that.
"And if they do that, they've got some guys who aren't that great foul shooters either, so we can retaliate also. But we're not going to play the game that way."
Gentry then quickly qualified his previous statement, just to make it clear that he wasn't taking any kind of shot at Popovich, or the strategy that his opponent chose to employ.
"You have to do whatever you have to do to win," Gentry said. "I'm not saying that it's a bad thing; if it would help us then we would do it too. Whatever you have to do to win, that's what you have to do."