Warriors’ Kevon Looney fell victim to Michael Malone and his ‘Hack-a-Looney’ strategy, as the Nuggets secure a comeback win over the Warriors
The Denver Nuggets made their way to Chase Center to play the Golden State Warriors tonight. With both the teams playing their final games before the All-Star break, they both brought their A Games. The Dubs, after having led for most of the game, gave up the lead with 14.9 seconds left in the game. The Nuggets did not waste this opportunity and sealed the game with a buzzer-beater 3 to win it.
Heartbreak as the Dubs lose on Monte Morris’ buzzer beater 💔 pic.twitter.com/UK7KxuVtdR
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) February 17, 2022
For most of the game, it was a battle of the coaches, and who could make the best adjustments. It was a pretty head-to-head contest, till Michael Malone pulled up ahead in the final minutes. He did an excellent job of finding ways to stay in the game, and keep the Nuggets within striking distance. On the other hand, Steve Kerr made some questionable calls, that probably cost the Dubs the game.
“Hack-a-Looney was a desperation move, and it worked!”: Michael Malone
After the game, Nuggets’ Head Coach Michael Malone spoke with the media about one of the strategies they used to claw their way back in the game. With 2:50 left in the game, the Nuggets were down 111-103. Aaron Gordon went and fouled Kevon Looney in the frontcourt, sending him to the free-throw line. Looney had the lowest FT% among all the Dubs on the court, and the Nuggets took a chance. It worked well for them, as Looney missed both the attempts, which led to an Austin Rivers 3. Gordon once again quickly fouled Looney, who this time made both his FTs. After another possession, Nikola Jokic fouled Looney, who missed both his FTs yet again.
Michael Malone said the hack-a-Looney strategy came out of “desperation” and not wanting Curry/Klay to have the ball down the stretch. “Strategy worked.” Kerr kept him in “to guard Jokic.” Changed the game. Looney went 2-of-6 while Denver roared back.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 17, 2022
Well, I guess as old as ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ is, its renditions always seem to work for some or the other coach. The Nuggets go into the break with 5 wins over the last 6 games. They would like to continue their form, after this much-deserved time off.