Free throws Rumors
Thibodeau said he also wants to get to the free throw line. Barrett, Randle and Ntilikina had the highest on/off court impacts on the Knicks’ free throw rate during the 2019-20 season, with the Knicks making 4.2 more free throws per 100 shot attempts when Barrett played compared to when he sat, according to Cleaning The Glass, which put him in the 90th percentile.
Gibson was on the other pole, with the team making 4.5 fewer free throws over 100 shots, putting him in the eighth percentile league-wide, according to Cleaning The Glass, with Payton and Portis trailing him nearby on the leaderboard. That’s been a constant for Payton; his teams have never shot more free throws per 1oo shots with him on the floor than off it in his six seasons. For Portis, it was a turnaround; he had been a positive influence over his last two seasons in Chicago and Washington.
Payne then explained how Curry perfected one specific workout. “It ends up being 30 consecutive makes but it’s from all over the court,” he said. “And it includes free throws. We can’t finish until you make those 30 consecutive shots. He got that done in less than three or four minutes … usually, it’s 20 shots in about the same amount of time, but I added additional shots.
The Lakers made 28 of their 35 free throws, including an 11-for-14 mark by James and a 13-for-14 line by Davis. “I’m going to have to go through the proper channels like they did to see if we can figure out how we can get some more free throws,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, whose team shot 23 free throws. The Lakers outrebounded the Nuggets 41-33, including 12-6 on the offensive boards. They outscored the Nuggets 25-6 on second-chance points. “That’s really hard to overcome,” Malone said.
Asked if the Lakers’ tactic of going to the league about foul calls worked, Malone said he didn’t know. “I just know they went 35 [times] and we went 23,” Malone said. “I think late in the game Jamal Murray attacked the basket a few times where it appeared to be contact. We’ll watch the film and send our clips in. We’ll reach out to the NBA and kind of make our points noted. Whether them going through the proper channels affected tonight or not, I have no idea. The NBA does a great job of listening. You hope that next game maybe some of those fouls are called.”
“Respectfully, obviously, they’re trying to do their job,” Murray said when asked what kind of feedback he got back from the officials. “I mean, I did get fouled on a few. We could see the replay clearly. The same thing when [Utah Jazz’s] Rudy Gobert fouled me when we lost Game 4 [in the first round]. … My team shows respect any time you talk to them.” “LeBron is going to go get his,” Murray added. “But we just have to look ahead and play through it. … We’re a young team. We’re the younger team, youngest team, whatever we are. Look at where we’re at. We’re going to have to earn their respect if we’re going to want to prevail.”