Scott Brooks’ Hack-a-Asik strategy failed miserably in Game 5 (and created some hilariously ugly basketball.) It might help, perhaps, if Kevin Durant and the OKC Thunder knew Omer’s name. Per the Houston Chronicle: “In the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 107-100 Game 5 victory, Oklahoma City used a strategy of fouling the Rockets’ center intentionally in hopes of making a comeback. It didn’t work, as Asik made 7-of-12 free throws in the stretch and eventually finished with 21 points. Durant called the strategy — ‘Hack-A- … Whatever His Name Is.’ … ‘We used hack-a …’ he stumbled, trying to say Asik’s name, ‘whatever his name is, that kind of slowed the rhythm down a bit.’ Oklahoma City was down 92-82 when it began the strategy and only cut the lead to 99-92 before giving it up. Here’s guessing that Rockets coach Kevin McHale might bring that one up to Asik for motivation. Asik had 17 points and 14 rebounds in the Rockets’ Game 4 victory on Monday.”
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