The the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves at the center of ongoing debates over refereeing criteria and the frequency of fouls, a subject rooted in NBA history.
Despite the difficulties encountered, the Lakers, after having officially complained about the treatment linked to LeBron Jamessaw their fortunes recover.
After their fifth defeat of the season in Miami, the Lakers, with a record of 3-5, filed a complaint for missed fouls. James highlighted the impact of such incidents throughout a match, not just in the final moments.
However, three games later, the LakersThings have turned around, as they are 5-5, seeing a noticeable increase in free throws.
During their recent victory against the Portland Trail Blazers, a 116-110 victory, the Lakers illustrated their increased presence in foul territory. They attempted 37 free throws to Portland’s 9, securing a six-point victory with a significant free throw differential.
The story doesn’t lie
Analyze the LakersThe history of free throws reveals a distinct trend. After filing his complaint, the team demonstrated a substantial advantage in free throw attempts and conversions.
Over the past two seasons, their cumulative total of +549 surpasses all other teams, with the Magic of Orlando coming second at +204.
While a high free throw ratio doesn’t guarantee automatic wins, it undeniably provides a competitive advantage. The Lakers, currently fourth team in free throws attempted per game (27.7), are trailing the Deer (28.8), Orlando (28), and Philadelphia (27.1). However, following their complaint, they saw an increase to 31.7 free throws per game.