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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 11:10 am  |  43 responses

Warriors Intentionally Fouled the Rockets to Prevent 3-Point Record


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Houston Rockets did more than just etch their names into the NBA’s history books last night. They also infuriated their opponents — the visiting Golden State Warriors felt disrespected by the Rockets, who ran up the score in a 140-109 laugher on their way to matching the all-time record for most threes made in a single game (23).

The Rockets gloated and offered no apologies for the long-distance assault. The Warriors — who intentionally fouled in a feeble effort to avoid further humiliation — simmered.

Per NBA.com and the Mercury News:

In the final two minutes, the Warriors would not let the Rockets even attempt a 3 in order to break the record. Warriors coach Mark Jackson ordered his players to foul the Rockets intentionally on each possession. “We’re not going to lay down,” said Jackson, ignoring the fact that his team already had. “I’m an old-school basketball player and an old-school coach. If you can’t appreciate that, that’s on you. We’re not going to lay down. If you’re going to get the record, we’re going to stop it. There is a way to do it, that’s all. Understand it, appreciate it and I would expect nothing less if I was on the other side.”

Kevin McHale: “I really didn’t even know we had a chance to break the record until late in the game. We shoot a lot of 3s. That’s just what we do. If we were to get them in the flow, we were going to get them. Mark didn’t want it to happen and fouled and I didn’t have no problem with how they played. Mark’s got to coach his team. I have no problem with that. … We started off the game just on fire from the 3-point line and kinda stayed that way the whole night. That doesn’t happen very often.” On running up the score: “I don’t have any issues with anybody. We run offense. For the most part, I thought we took a couple that we made that were a little early. Kinda the ones we’ve been trying to stay away from lately. I told our guys, any 3 early in the clock has gotta be a ‘How do you feel? Are you flowing? Are you rolling?’ And then we had some guys that were flowing and that were rolling and they made them. A lot of the 3s came later on after we had a drive and kick. They packed the paint and (we) made the extra pass and that’s just kind of how we play.”

Golden State will have its shot at sweet revenge next Tuesday, as Houston pays them a visit.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Mark Jackson deserves some credit for not letting the Rockets be ridiculous.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    I was surprised Curry and Klay couldn’t match them on the 3′s. But then again, Klay was in early foul trouble trying to guard Harden.

  • Lloyd

    Respect to Mark Jackson. I wouldn’t want to go down in history as the team who conceded the most 3s in a game too. However, I have no problem in running up scores. The only reason you should feel the need to take out your best players is to prevent chance of injury. If you want to send a message to the rest of the league, more power to you.

  • Mike Mahalow

    That’s the game. Deal with it

  • RV6

    As coach, Jax will do what he wants, but the Rockets weren’t wrong here. Their offense IS shooting a ton of threes. It’s not like they kept the starters in. Unfortunately for GS, Houston’s bench still has some good three point shooting. Why didn’t they intentionally foul in the first half, when Houston put up 77 points?

  • Joe

    Lol at Bogut and his C U Next Tuesday tweet!

  • Redd

    I hate the Rockets, i hate when teams run up the score in any sport(not soccer).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    The team you should hate is the Warriors for allowing the Rockets to light it up from downtown. It’s not that Rockets fault that the Warriors decided not to show up defensively.

  • Redd

    Agreed My warriors played disappointingly but doesn’t change the fact the score was ran up.

  • bill

    That’s only because we’re warrior fans who used to have it happen so many times IN THE FIRST QUARTERS of games. Those memories haunt us.

  • K_HOLIDAY

    I’m not mad at Mark Jackson. Warriors had no reason to want to be a part of history or to allow it for that matter.

  • ScrewT

    If you don’t want them to run up the score… then stop them. I don’t mind the Warriors fouling, even though I’m a Rockets fan. What do you expect the Rockets to do though? Just let the shot clock run out on them every time so they don’t hurt the Warriors feelings? They had their bench players in.

  • Dacre

    Why didn’t they play defense….140 points in regulation?… Mark Jackson is a punk.

  • http://twitter.com/AdonKay Adnan K

    I saw the whole game, and this is what I saw.. majority of the game up until the last few minutes the Warriors didn’t deny much nor chase close out any Rockets around the 3 point line. For whatever reason they were focused on the paint and midrange area defensively, they “laid down” sometime around the 2nd quarter. Then in the last 2-3 minutes or so they start getting tough guy on everyone….. absolute bull, there’s nothing “old school” about that, you don’t decide to do the right thing at the end of the game, NO, you lost your priveleges to that when you spent the whole game playing like you didn’t want to win….

    mini, Mark Jackson rant incoming…. growing up in the 90′s I still remember him as the one PG who would infuriate young NBA fans who idolized PG’s like Iverson, Marbury, etc… because he would constantly back players down when dribbling the ball as if he was too scared to go up man to man with the new breed of PG’s at that time. So get this, he’s one of the main reasons the NBA implemented a 5 second backdown rule, yea that’s right… him, a POINT GUARD, not a post player, but a POINT GUARD….. anyway that’s my Mark Jackson rant

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    I have zero problems with either coaches’ decision. It’s not 6th grade, if a team wants to keep scoring. They should be able to, if you want to stop them. Stop them. That’s what Mark jackson did.

  • 23

    So you wanted the rockets to stop trying? That’s basically what you’re implying.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    No such thing as running up the score in professional sports just like there’s no rule against hack – a – everyone to stop a 3 point record.

  • hamidashimono

    Uh… Mark Jackson and the Warriors DID go down in history as the team that conceded the most threes in a game. Not sure what respect you’re giving him.

  • Max

    LMAO Hand down, man down!

  • Redd

    How…?

    They won by 31? They kept their guys in even after the starters were taken out…lol.

  • 23

    So u wanted the rockets to take out their starters and go deep into their bench? In order to not embarrass golden state? The NBA isn’t a pity party. You play until the final buzzer. It’s not like Houston was pulling up on fast breaks for 3s. Most of the 3s I saw were actually wide open from kickouts. Or did you want Houston to pass up open shots from deep? You think it would’ve been smarter to drive into the crowded lane?

  • 23

    Exactly!

  • 23

    Well they are a part of history. No team has allowed more 3s in a single game than the warriors.

  • KipSmithers

    I’ve grown to hate the term “old school”.

  • Redd

    Um..every team loads out their starters at the end of a game when the margin is that wide.

    Lol..

  • KBM

    bingo was his name o

  • http://www.facebook.com/renan.portela.tito Renan Portela Tito

    My thoughts exactly

  • http://www.facebook.com/renan.portela.tito Renan Portela Tito

    I’m lost. They ARE a part of history, the record was tied

  • K_HOLIDAY

    They didn’t want the new record to be set on them… How’s that?

  • Lloyd

    They tied the record. It’s not the same.

  • hamidashimono

    Answer this question for me: if an NBA player scored 100 points in a game, would it not mean anything because he only tied Wilt’s record???

  • 23

    Ok yeah by you not answering my questions I see how you feel. You think its better to play until the game is out of reach. Then you just want teams to go through the motions

  • Lloyd

    100 points is spectacular, but sharing your name with another person only gets you half the shine. Impressive, but if you understand competition, you want to be the best not tied for the best.

  • hamidashimono

    If sharing the scoring record is still impressive, even if it is a tied record, then giving up the most threes is still impressively bad, even if it is a tied record. That is, if you understand competition…

  • Lloyd

    um…is being the winner not better than tying? In the same way, tying for last is better than being the last. No one’s saying it’s not bad, but it could be worse. Mark Jackson prevented it from being worse.

  • hamidashimono

    Exactly. The result for the Warriors was bad, so it’s hard to fathom how you can give Mark Jackson respect for it.

  • Lloyd

    Respect for not letting them break the record. It’s a matter of principle. His team lost the game already but he wasn’t going to let the opponents get that other win. As a competitor and as a man you got to respect that.

  • hamidashimono

    They have the worst display of 3-point defense in an nba game and it’s your principle to respect that. Okay. In competition, the only thing that matters is winning the game. There are no other wins, no moral victories. As a competitor and as a man you should know that.

  • Lloyd

    Haha who said anything about respecting terrible 3-point defence? And it’s not my principle to respect him. He has principles and I respect a man who does since all men should.

    He lost the game already. Badly. It’s a matter of principle to not concede another 3, making their opponents record holders at their expense. There was nothing to do about the score at that point, but there was something to do to prevent his team being on the wrong side of a record, and he did that.

    It’s not about moral victories…it’s about competiting until the end even when it’s pointless to do so. Principle. Don’t know if you’re being willfully ignorant or what.

  • hamidashimono

    I’m sorry, am I not explaining my argument clearly enough for you to understand? Let me see if I can break it down for you in another way:

    You’re trying to make a point that it is a matter of principle to not make, and I quote: “their opponents record holders at their expense”. My argument is, they ARE the record holders. Tying or breaking the record… it doesn’t matter. You are still in the record books as the team with the worst 3-point defense.

    If Mark Jackson was concerned about not being in the record books, he should have stopped the 3-pointer that tied the record. But he didn’t. So from my perspective, he gets no respect. Do you now understand why I think Coach Jackson doesn’t deserve any respect?

    As to your points about competing and being a man of principle, in my opinion, Mark Jackson did not embody both of those qualities in this game. Firstly, if you want to embody the spirit of competition, you do not pull your starters from the game. Once you clear your bench, you’re essentially saying: I concede this game, I don’t want to risk injuring my starters, let’s put the reserves in and at least get them some QUALITY minutes.

    Which brings me to the second point of being a man of principle. In this case, if you want to be a man of principle, you should bring your reserves in and make it a point to demand the reserves that they show the starters how 3-point defense should be played. That way you show the team that no one is safe in their role as starter and maintains competition within the team. Asking the reserves to just foul the Rocket players at the end of the game is not competing. It’s disrespectful to the bench players because they don’t get to maximise their time on the court playing QUALITY minutes, disrespectful to the fans because they came to see exciting, hard-fought basketball. Fouling players intentionally is not playing hard, it’s not competing.

    Finally, your comment questioning whether I’m being “willfully ignorant” is not appreciated at all. I’ve tried my best to understand your points of view and address all your points in a respectful and clear manner.

  • Lloyd

    He didn’t let the record get broken. Anyone would maintain that tying for the record is great but having the record to yourself is way more meaningful and gratifying. At the opposite end of the spectrum you’d rather be ONE of the teams that gave up 23 3′s in a game than the ONLY team in the HISTORY OF THE NBA to give up 24. Mark Jackson made sure his team didn’t have that monicker.

    The Rockets were gunning from deep all game and their shots were just dropping. Did you see the game? They shot 57% from the 3 point line. Some of those were just difficult shots, while others were good shots made off penetration. Regardless, you’d rather concede a 3 point shot attempt than anything in the paint. Their shots were just falling from all over the place. Do you expect the Warriors to just avoid all other field goals and just guard the permiter? The Rockets just heated up and stayed hot from 3. Period. You probably could’ve had 6 defenders out there and made little difference. You can’t blame the Coach for that.

    If your starters aren’t getting it done, you switch it up. Pop does it all the time. The reserves were in because the starters just couldn’t stop that offense. Also, from a competition point sitting your starters to avoid injury is completely valid since you’re not going to risk your entire season on one game. The ultimate goal isn’t just to win that one game.

    I’m sure he did that, but again, the Rockets were just on fire. Their shots were dropping. It’s one of those rare nights. Even the bench was hitting. Only one of the Rocket’s bench players didn’t hit one. They played defence, couldn’t stop them, so they made sure to stop them by fouling. Make no mistake, the Rockets were gunning for the record and trying to embarrass the Warriors. Mark Jackson did what he could to make SURE the record wasn’t broken.

    You were reading what I was saying, ignoring it and making stuff up like, “It’s your principle to respect the worst 3-point defensive performance ever”. No one said that. Mark Jackson made the best of a horrible situation. He stuck by his principles in that situation even though it may be pointless to a lot of people (like you) to do so. That’s respect.

  • hamidashimono

    In response to your first paragraph, I’d rather be the team that didn’t tie the record and gave up 22 threes, than the team that had worst 3-point defensive performance ever “in the HISTORY OF THE NBA”. Try to argue all you want about tying versus breaking bad records, at the end of the day, they are in the record books.

    Yes, I watched the game. I don’t know what that has to do with the argument, though.

    “Do you expect the Warriors to just avoid all other field goals and just guard the permiter?” No. I don’t know what that has to do with the argument, though.

    “If your starters aren’t getting it done, you switch it up.” No. He cleared the bench in the fourth quarter. He gave up on the game. In other words, he stopped competing.

    Yes, I was reading what you were saying. But I didn’t ignore anything, and I didn’t make anything up:

    “Respect for not letting them break the record. It’s a matter of principle.”

    Is this not what you said? In response to this I said:

    “It’s your principle to respect the worst 3-point defensive performance ever”.

    In other words, what you have been saying ALL THIS TIME is it’s good that Coach Jackson stopped them from being the ONLY team to have the worst 3-point defensive performance. Am I wrong in this assumption? From your statement, one can infer that you respect the fact that he made sure the Warriors only tied the record. Hence my statement. Nothing was made up.

    Mark Jackson did not make the best of a horrible situation. His team still is in the record books for all the wrong reasons, and at the end of the game, was only worried about the record instead of caring about his bench players and giving them some quality minutes.

    I never said that him sticking to his principles was pointless. Who’s making things up again? The way he stuck to his principles was disappointing (disrespecting his bench players, the fans who want to see true competition). I lost a lot of respect for him as a Coach because of how he conducted himself.

    You respect him for how he conducted himself: he stopped the Warriors from being the SOLE team with worst 3-point defensive performance ever.

    I’m not trying to stop you from respecting that. Go ahead be my guest. To each their own.

    I’d rather respect a coach that gives his bench players quality minutes and asks them to go out and compete until the final buzzer sounds, instead of a coach that is worried about trivial records. The only record that an NBA coach should worry about is how many championships they have.

    To me, Coach Jackson just comes off as bitter and petty.

  • hamidashimono

    It’s funny that you would say that I’m ignoring you. Are you still going to ignore the fact that your first comment is wrong?

    “Respect to Mark Jackson. I wouldn’t want to go down in history as the team who conceded the most 3s in a game too.”

    The Warriors DID go down in history as the team who conceded the most threes in a game. You CANNOT dispute this!

    Your argument about tying versus breaking is COMPLETELY irrelevant to your INCORRECT statement.

    So Lloyd, are you going to keep ignoring the fact that your original statement is wrong?

    Sometimes it’s just better to admit to being wrong and moving on to fight another fight. You can’t win them all.

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