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Leading by Three With Little Time Left—To Foul or Not to Foul?

Published by on April 27, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Sunday's Game Four between the Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics was an instant classic, with the Bulls prevailing 121-118 in double overtime. The double overtime thriller was made possible by two game-tying three pointers with under ten seconds left to play, one in regulation and one in overtime.

Both Ray Allen's and Ben Gordon's shots were incredibly clutch, but should they have even been allowed to happen? To put it another way, should the defensive team have committed a foul prior to the shot attempt to prevent the tying shot from occurring?

Looking at it from the pro-fouling standpoint, the logic is: Why even allow the shot to take place? 

With the Celtics leading by three in overtime, the in...

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