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Do You Take A Player Out Of The Game If You Are Shooting Free Throws Late?- By Ken Sartini
This is another one of those game strategies that you learn through experience. Getting a player that has a couple of fouls out of the game to protect them from picking up another at the end of a quarter.
Nothing is worse than having your star player pick up a cheap foul right at the end of the quarter. You should get those players out during free throws and dead ball situations. If you haven't used any time outs, you can even consider using a time out. If it's your star player that you need to win, then burn that time out.
This is a NO brainer. You need to protect certain players.
The key is being aware of the foul situation with your players. IF you have an assistant you might put him in charge of that. My assistant always helped me with that even though I tried to be aware.
As for fouls, I always told my players this...
"The refs will always make one mistake and that leaves you with 4. You will pick up one cheap foul a game. That leaves 3. So in reality, you have 3 fouls to work with. PLAY SMART... move your feet and don't reach. IF you get a foul being aggressive we can all live with that... that's what we want, aggressive players."
What do you think? Do you take players out at the end of the quarter to protect them? How do you handle these game situations?
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