Hmmm...in the 2011 western conference finals against the Thunder, Dirk averaged 12.2 free throw attempts (24, 10, 3, 15, 9). That game where he had 24 free throw attempts, he had 15 field goal attempts. That despite not being an attacker AT ALL. Nothing wrong with that, is there?
Wade averages 16.1 free throw attempts (10, 14, 18, 9, 25, 21) in the 2006 finals series while relentlessly attacking, Shaq on his team, and the Mavs employing the strategy of constantly fouling. Yep, seems fishy to me!
I'm wasting my time, but just to show you all how little you are actually looking into this, let's do some deeper analysis here. Compare Dirk's 61 total free throw attempts in that 5 game series against the Thunder in 2011, to his total of 88 total field goal attempts. As a percentage of free throw attempts compared to field goal attempts, thats 69.3%. That is ridiculous for someone who takes a bunch of fadeaway jump shots and hardly ever drives.
Wade in the 2006 series Had a total of 97 free throws in 6 games, compared to his total of 139 field goal attempts. As a percentage of his free throw atempts compared to field goal attempts, that's 69.7%. And then take into account Wade recklessly attacked. And Shaq was on his team. And the Mavs purposely kept employing the strategy of fouling. It was a perfect storm, to be sure. Why in the world does Dirk get a free pass? I'm not suggesting there was anything fishy during the 2011 western conference finals, but this is a blantant, unfair, double standard. If you look at the circumstances, the team strategy, and the style of individual play, Dirk's free throws are a lot more inexplicable.
If I had more time, I am sure I would find more statistics -- look at all time leaders of free throw attemps in a playoff game, you'll see Wade is fifth -- behind Shaq and Jordan, who each had several games with more free throw attemps. Put Shaq on a team with Wade recklessly attacking like never in his career, and what do you think is going to happen?
And by the way, Jordan's '89 playoff run is 7th all time in total free throw attempts in the playoffs (229 free throw attempts compared to Wade's 250 attempts in '06, who is 4th all time) -- and Jordan didn't even go to the finals that year, he did that in three series. He had several games in those playoffs with 28 and 27 free throw attempts -- more than Wade ever attempted in any of his finals appearances. Consider Wade attacks more, and all the other circumstances which I've repeated enough.
Did Wade get a few bad calls? Yes, bad calls happen every game. Did Wade get every call? NO! You think Kobe is the only one who gets hit without getting a call? I can't tell you how many times I've seen Wade get slammed without any foul being called -- including in those finals! If you think that doesn't happen to Wade, there is no point continuing discussion, because you just don't watch him. You're just looking up horrible quality youtube videos that butt-hurt Dallas Internet Trolls post because they can't admit the Mavericks came up short. Sometimes he gets fouls with little contact, sometimes he doesn't get a call when he gets wacked. Enough with the conspiracy theories, it gets old.
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