The Magic, of all teams, kicked off a debate that has been plaguing the NBA since Gregg Popovich started fouling Shaquille O'Neal, or maybe the strategy even dates back to Wilt Chamberlain and his famous clanking ability from the so-called charity stripe.
From a strategy perspective, it makes sense. If Howard is shooting only 49.2 percent from the foul line, the risk that he will make only one of two free throws and you can score two or three makes the gamble worth it. Maybe enough of it will discourage Howard and take him out of his game defensively or force Howard to the bench or else risk throwing the offense completely out of whack.
That is what Orlando did in scoring 40 points in the fourth quarter during the team's win a few weeks ago. The Rockets successfully bogged the game down too in securing a win over the Lakers following that Magic victory.
It frustrates Howard to no end. And it might be beginning to frustrate David Stern who cares about one thing probably...