Thats the number of free throws LeBron has taken in these playoffs. Now, of course I am a bit biased because I'm a Magic fan, but it seems LeBron has taken an EXTREME number of free throws for a guy who does not shoot his team's technical fouls. So I'm a little frustrated after yesterday's loss and decided to do some research (from basketball-reference.com):
- The 24 FTA in Game 3 are the 5th most in a playoff game ever. Shaq grabs the #1 and #2 spot in the prime of the "hack-a-shaq" era with 39 and 27 in '00.
- LeBron has played 13 playoff games this year and is currently in the Conferance finals. The last time someone lead the playoffs in FTA's w/o playing in the NBA Finals was 1992 with Karl Malone shooting 210. Mind you that was in 16 playoff games.
- In comparison, Dwight Howard has taken 154 FTA's in the playoffs and he gets fouled on purpose because of his poor FT%.
Basically if the officials keep this up, he will attempt over 200 FT's BEFORE the NBA finals. I know stars get calls, I know he really puts the pressure on the refs to make a call; but its getting a little out of hand. If we thought the '06 Finals looked bad with Wade, then we might have to be ready for LeBron to break Shaq's record 296 FTA's in 2000.