Boogie appears to subtweet Kings after loss to the Mavs
The Sacramento Kings have a free throw problem. This isn’t Game 6 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals all over again. There isn’t some grand conspiracy. In fact, it’s pretty simple.
Players like Luka Doncic know how to draw fouls and the Kings do not.
On the season, the Kings rank 28th in free throw attempts per game. They also rank 18th in fouling their opposition. In the team’s 114-110 overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks, these two issues converged into a perfect storm.
Sacramento committed a total of 37 personal fouls against Dallas on Tuesday, leading to 50 free throw attempts for the Mavs. It’s difficult to win a game when you are outscored by 31 points at the stripe.
“Hopefully it’s games like this that really help speed that lesson along, because that’s a game we probably should have won if it wasn’t for sending them to the foul line 50 times,” coach Luke Walton said following the loss. “Maybe we fouled them everytime, I’ve just never seen that before where one team shoots 50 free throws and another shoots 12.”
If it was just Doncic camped out at the line knocking down freebies, that’s one thing. The All-Star went to the charity stripe 11 times, scoring eight of his 34 points on free throw attempts.
“It’s part of the game,” veteran Kent Bazemore said. “Anytime you give teams free points, they’re going to be tough to beat.”
But the Kings ...
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