I love what San Francisco did at the end of the first half in this game against Pacific. Pacific’s point guard is a 36% free throw shooter, so they fouled him on purpose to get the ball back.

It’s all about calculating expected points per possession, and then trusting the percentages. We’ve done this before, and not only does it create an advantage if you can get an extra possession, it also gets into the head of your opponent. If a bad free throw shooter knows you might come after him and foul him at anytime, it can crush his confidence and make him not want the ball in his hands.

More coaches should be thinking about stuff like this.

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