In Game 4, Boston held a 3-point lead with nine seconds remaining in overtime. He instructed his team to intentionally foul so Chicago could get only 2 points at the free-throw line, instead of potentially tying the game with a 3-pointer. His players failed to foul. Ben Gordon’s 3 tied the game and Chicago won in double overtime
“We literally forgot to foul,” Rivers said. “We came out of the timeout and were going to foul. We messed it up. They score and win the game in overtime. And it takes us two extra games to win the series.”
Rivers faced a decision that coaches at all levels wrestle with: whether to foul with a 3-point lead and the shot clock off. It is one of the most heavily debated topics among the best N.B.A. minds. It was a factor in last year’s playoffs, including the finals, and probably will be again this postseason, when teams are more evenly matched and playoff survival is at stake.
Personally I'm a big fan of fouling even with the 3 point lead. Teams should practice it to make sure players don't get off the shot. I don't like the idea of tipping your hand in a newspaper though. Do you think Dwyane Wade may throw up a shot on the catch expecting a foul since Doc says he's for it?
So what do you think? Should a team foul or not foul?