If you're heading to the Verizon Center for tonight's game against the Clippers, there's a good chance that you'll win a free Chick-fil-A sandwich when someone misses two consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter.
This is because Clippers center DeAndre Jordan starts for them. He is a poor free throw shooter where she only makes 39.4 percent of his shots at the charity stripe and averages 7.6 attempts per game.
Of these, Jordan attempts 3.5 of those shots in the fourth quarter where he makes them at a slightly higher rate -- 44.2 percent. What this means is that you have a 31.1364 percent chance of winning a Chick-fil-A sandwich once Jordan is at the free throw line in the fourth quarter of Monday night's game.
If you are wondering where this 31.1364 percent chance came from, that is the quantity squared of the percentage of free throws Jordan misses in the fourth quarter: 55.8 percent.
It's no mistake why Jordan attempts more free throws than any other Clipper on the court in the fourth quarter. One reason is the "Hack-a" strategy, where opponents -- if they're behind -- will intentionally foul him to attempt free throws.
The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Clippers 100-99 last Monday where they attempted the controversial strategy. OKC star forward (and D.C. area native) Kevin Durant gave a blunt opinion on how to prevent being "a victim":
Kevin Durant didn't mince words about the Hack-a strategy: "If you don't want to get hacked then work on your f---ing free throws."— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 21, 2015
Wizards head coach Randy Wittman also agrees with Durant on the strategy, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:
"Hey, listen, it’s part of the game," Wittman said Sunday. "I know it’s a debate and everybody on TV says to get rid of it. But, you know what, now you’re rewarding people for having faults. If you can’t shoot the three-point shot, are we not allowed to guard you anymore? Because you’re not a very good three-point shooter so now we can’t close out on you?
"You can bleed this down to everything so, you know what, someone said it the other day. Kevin Durant or somebody. Get in the gym and improve your free throws if you don’t want to get fouled."
The "Hack-a" strategy is controversial, but it's ultimately the end result of taking advantage of someone who isn't capitalizing on a fundamental skill of the game. After all, they call free throws free for a reason.
Regardless of whether the rules on the "Hack-a" strategy are changed, every team can, will, and should take advantage of strategies that can work to their advantage. Sometimes, that involves hacking a poor free throw shooter -- like a DeAndre Jordan -- in order to give a team that chance to win a game.