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While leading the Chicago Bulls by 32 points at TD Garden, Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla instructed his players to continuously foul opposition center Andre Drummond in an attempt to suffocate the closing stages of the game.
By doing so, Mazzulla felt his team would boost their chances of keeping their point differential high enough to advance to the quarterfinals of the in-season tournament.
Head-to-head matchups were used as tiebreakers to advance to the next round when two teams in the same group finished with the same record. But for three teams, both point differential and total points came into play.
Boston therefore chose to send Drummond to the line for six free-throw attempts in the game, with the Chicago star making just one of them.
Boston Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla employed a controversial tactic to advance to the knockout round of the NBA in-season tournament
While leading the Chicago Bulls by 32 points, Mazzulla instructed his players to continuously foul opposition