Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Because.............. POP was smart early on and did the hack a Bogut. That put the thought in Jackson's head to not have him in the game.
HUGE edge to the Spurs when it comes to coaching. Hard to overcome that.
I think you're right. Pop actually psyched us out. Tricked us into benching Bogut down the stretch.
Even if they did hack him relentlessly, it would work to our favor for two reasons:
1. It slows down their offense. They can't get out and run after a missed free throw.
2. It puts their guys in foul trouble, and we live on the line regardless of who gets fouled.
Our coaching staff was too short sighted to see this. You don't take out your 2nd best player on the floor in crunch time. Especially a dominant defensive and rebounding presence like Bogut.