Lakers Coach Phil Jackson asked the question and then provided the answer before anyone else could.
"Did we shoot 50% from the free-throw line?" Jackson asked after the Lakers' 89-75 loss to the Orlando Magic on Sunday. "I don't think we even hit 50% from the free-throw line."
He was right.
The Lakers made only 46.7% (seven for 15) of their free throws, their worst percentage this season.
In Jackson's eyes, it was because the Amway Center, the first-year home of the Magic, is a big building.
"I think some of it is the arena," Jackson said. "We didn't get to practice in here [Saturday]. They claimed the court. They had it all day and I think that the depth of this arena is really kind of a difficulty for guys just getting used to the first time of the building. That's one of the things that I'll make an excuse for my players a little bit on this."
Still, the Lakers know they need to make free throws, especially when they get so few attempts.
Lamar Odom had the most, but he was only five for 10 from the free-throw line.
"That's no excuse, especially for me," Odom said. "We didn't shoot well as a team, but I got us at 50% by myself. That's not how I've been shooting the ball. There's no excuse."