Occasionally throwing up a shot when a player is about to foul you works. Most times it doesn’t. But we understand why NBA players do it. Instead of a foul and taking the ball out from the sideline, the player could be awarded two shots. So it makes perfect sense.
But one instance where it doesn’t make perfect sense is when it’s tried at half court. Because what if the foul isn’t called? Then you end up throwing up an ill advised shot from half court that leaves everyone scratching their heads. And that’s exactly what Russel Westbrook did in the third quarter of Oklahoma City’s game against the Spurs on Monday.