If there's one thing we know about San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, it's that all he cares about is winning, no matter how pretty or ugly he has to do it. And that includes implementing "Hack-a-Howard." Popovich will find himself in several spots to utilize this tactic when the Spurs open their first round playoff matchup Sunday against Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers. And if the Spurs do start to hack, Howard said he will be ready. "If they're going to do that the whole series, God bless them,” Howard said, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. “There's nothing I can do about it but go up there and shoot the free throws. Even if I make them, they're still going to do it. So, that's not my concern" When the Spurs played the Lakers last week at the Staples Center, Popovich went to the "Hack-a-Howard" early, intentionally fouling the center for the first time with 2:25 left in the 3rd quarter. The Spurs went on to foul Howard five more times in the final minute of the quarter and the strategy paid off. Howard missed six of those 10 free throws.
Spurs to exploit Howard's free throw struggles
Fox Sports Southwest | Apr 21