The Los Angeles Lakers are the subject of continuous discussions over the number of fouls and officiating standards, a subject deeply ingrained in NBA history.
Despite obstacles, the Lakers have witnessed a change in their fortunes since formally protesting about LeBron James-related treatment.
The Lakers, who are at 3-5, filed a complaint after suffering their fifth loss of the season in Miami, claiming that they had missed fouls. James underlined that these kinds of situations have an influence all the way through a game, not just at the end.
Three games later, however, things have changed for the Lakers, who now have a 5-5 record and are shooting a lot more free throws.
In their most recent game, a 116-110 triumph against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Lakers demonstrated their enhanced presence in foul area. They made 37 free throw attempts as opposed to Portland’s 9, which resulted in a sizable free throw difference and a six-point win.
History is not a lie.
Examining the Lakers’ free throw shooting history reveals a clear trend. The side has shown a notable edge in free throw attempts and conversions after submitting their complaint.
Their combined record of +549 over the previous two seasons is more than that of any other club; the Orlando Magic are in second place with +204.
Unquestionably, a high free throw ratio gives an advantage over opponents, even if it doesn’t ensure victory every time. The Bucks (28.8), Orlando (28), and Philadelphia (27.1) have attempted more free throws per game than the Lakers (26.7), who are presently ranked fourth. But when they complained, they saw an increase to 31.7 free throws per game.