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The “Hack-A-_” NBA fouling strategy is officially out of hand

Last week, we shared the story of the Houston Rockets fouling Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond 12 straight times to start the second half.

Well, on Wednesday night against the Spurs in San Antonio, the Rockets found themselves on the receiving end of the “Hack-A-_” strategy, in another ridiculous way.

Watch the Spurs foul the Rockets’ Clint Capela WHILE HE IS STANDING OUT OF BOUNDS in preparation of an inbounds pass:

Count me in as someone that watches a ton of NBA basketball and has never seen this before… and don’t think this is supposed to be allowed (it certainly shouldn’t be allowed, at least). Like Kevin Pelton, I assumed this was delay of game/a technical foul.

Either way, this is really taking the “Hack-A_” strategy to another level, and the whole thing is a flat-out circus now. Perhaps Gregg Popovich just wanted to expose how big of a joke it all is — and how the NBA needs to make some rule changes preventing the intentional fouling — with the game on national television. Let’s hope the NBA decides to make changes here as the strategy is becoming way too common and the implementation of it much more brash.

Matt Clapp

About Matt Clapp

Matt is a writer and social media guy at The Comeback. He runs his own Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs blogs (Da Bear Necessities & The Friendly Blogfines), and has written for sites such as theScore, Awful Announcing, This Given Sunday, and Next Impulse Sports. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. He can be followed on Twitter at @Matt2Clapp.