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Jordan not a fan of Hack-a-Ben strategy

It was late in Sunday's Game 4 when Cavs F Ben Wallace wound up with the basketball near the rim and was fouled by Caron Butler. At the time, the Cavs led 90-87 with 6:12 to go. Wallace, who is the worst free throw shooters of all time, missed both attempts.

The thought that popped in my head at that moment was: If Cavs Coach Mike Brown leaves Wallace in the game, will Eddie Jordan consider going to the Hack-a-Ben? My thought was that Eddie would not. Not his style. And sure enough, he didn't . The Wiz hung tough and were in the game right down to the finish.

Today, I asked Eddie about whether he has seriously considered the Hack-a-Ben as a strategy.

Eddie: No. We haven't really thought about that yet. It's something where a lot of other things can go wrong for you. You can miss a rebound if he misses the free throw and then they have an offensive rebound. You can get somebody in foul trouble that you don't want to have in foul trouble. So, we haven't thought about that yet."

As a general philosophy, are you not a fan of the hack-a-whoever?

Eddie: "I don't like it. Pure basketball is what I'm about. I think to play the game the way it's supposed to be played. That is the way to go. So, I don't know about that right now for us."


By Ivan Carter  |  April 29, 2008; 2:17 PM ET
 
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