LOS ANGELES — DeAndre Jordan had answered another question Sunday night about the hack-a-Jordan that the Rockets went to early and often in Game 4 — 14 times Jordan was intentionally fouled in the first half, sending him to the line a record 28 times before the break.
“I didn’t really know how many I was shooting,” Jordan said. “I was just trying to make as many as I could for our team, and on the other end just try to get as many stops as I could in a row. In that stretch, they scored a little bit, but we were able to get stops and cut their lead a little bit in the first quarter.”
But the second time he was asked about it, he thought it was funny, and tried to do some kind of George Costanza walk off. Blake Griffin got him to at least throw a cliche out first.
The strategy made it a painful first half to watch, and in the end the hacking ended up throwing off the Rockets’ rhythm more than the Clippers. Los Angeles rebounded quite nicely, thank you very much, and now are in command of the series