And Lakerswiz, tell me if I'm wrong, but I feel like bad free throwing is often contagious.
I've never considered or thought about it.
Not to sound silly, but the ball was doing the 'in & out' so many times last night, they should probably check that ball.
But this brings up another point.
Missed free throws hurt more than just a lack of a point. Right now, they're ruining our offense entirely.
Ah...I'm going to get angry now, lol.
We can't run D'Antoni's system with Dwight shooting free throws like this. Once we get to running and scoring on teams, they'll just foul us. And we'll have no offense. We won't control the pace. There won't be a flow to the game.
Dwight Howard's free throws are the most important thing the team needs to work on at this point. There will not be any type of consistent showtime for as long as he's shooting like this.
^^ I definitely agree that Dwight's biggest priority should be improving his free throwing. I thought I saw a slightly different stroke out of him after working with Person earlier this year. It still wasn't the greatest but it was much better than that junk I saw him throwing up there last night. In this game it was like he wasn't even freaking trying after a while. That's unacceptable. Clearly, only he can fix this problem so it's on him.
The lid really did seem to be on the basket last night - so many in and outs. That was funky.
But yeah, I'm sure there's nothing scientific or quantifiable about poor free throwing being contagious - it's more of a feel thing, that's why I mentioned it to you because I know you play and wondered if you had noticed it.
I guess my instinct is that when one of your main stars obviously doesn't give a damn about making free throws it seems to give everyone else an excuse, too. With great free throwing teams like the old Boston Celtics, it seems like the high expectations keep everyone in check. "Don't screw this up!" You know, with us last night, it's like "Well, Dwight gets to screw off all he wants ". . . it just seems like it takes the pressure off our guys to make their own. It seems to infect everyone else.