Another game, yet another unnerving free throw disparity favoring the Los Angeles Lakers.
Okay NBA refs, we get it. Y’all really want to see LeBron James and the No. 1 seeded Lakers in the NBA finals, but don’t make it so obvious.
Game 3 of this Western Conference first round series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Lakers is underway and it is more of the same story when it comes to the number of whistles. This is playoff basketball; let them play.
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The Trail Blazers did take a 57-53 lead at halftime, but if you read the fine print, the Lakers were at the free throw line way, Way, WAY more than the Trail Blazers.
How many times more?
23 more times more, to be exact.
Los Angeles hit 18-for-31 while Portland went 8-for-8 in the first half. At least 58.1% from the FT throw line has kept Portland’s lead.
31 to 8.
We weren’t the only ones either to notice the disparity:
Well, the Blazers free throw defense is on point
— IMMEDIATE DECAPITATION is praxis (@LOOOeee) August 23, 2020
31-8 free throw count at half time. NBA not even trying
— Adam Cappelle (@acjp2024) August 23, 2020
the free throw disparity is a bit alarming… 31 to 8???
— zach 🪐 (@evo9tales) August 23, 2020
31 to 8 free throw discrepancy.
Lakers got 31
Blazers got 8
— Ricky Minaj 🤙🏾 (@RickyJuuice) August 23, 2020
The Lakers took game three 116-108 to take a 2-1 series lead over the Trail Blazers.
The game finished with Los Angeles having 43 free throw attempts compared to Portland’s 19.
43 TO 19.
That is outrageous and a gift to L.A.
“When a team is living at the free throw line like they did tonight,” Lillard said. “It’s hard to win a game when they are as good as they are.”
Los Angeles took 31 free throws in the first half, and finished with a season-high 43 attempts.
I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a game where (the free throw differential) was that big. It certainly had an impact on the first half when I think the differential was 23. — Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts
Game four is on Monday, August 24 and tips off at 6 PM (PT) on NBC Sports Northwest.
Lakers were gifted lopsided free throw disparity by NBA refs in Game 3 originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest