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Lakers having trouble taking free throws outside of the practice gym

March 05, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Lakers center Dwight Howard doesn't like to look back and second-guess himself.
Lakers center Dwight Howard doesn't like to look back and second-guess… (Frederic J. Brown / Getty…)

The common thread in Lakers' losses this season has been turnovers, poor transition defense and free-throw shooting.

Currently the Lakers are the worst team in the league from the free-throw line, shooting just 68.9%.

After every practice, the players routinely shoot to improve and in the team's gym.  By and large, they are accurate.

A board tracking their progress was recently updated to show individual percentages through the All-Star break.

Steve Nash and Jodie Meeks led the way at 97% over 1,278 and 1,340 cumulative attempts, respectively.  Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, Earl Clark and rookie Robert Sacre also averaged at least 90% in practice.

In games Bryant dipped to 84.6%, Blake to 54.5%, Clark to 67.6% and Sacre to 63.6%.  Nash's actual percentage of 91.9% was actually second to Meeks' 92.7%.

Dwight Howard hit a legitimate 82% in the gym (1252-1532) but in games he couldn't come close to that level of accuracy (49.5%).

All other Lakers hit between 82% and 89% in practice but none neared that in live competition.  The team as a whole shot 89% in practice (16,527-18,649) through All-Star.

According to the board the team's facility, over that same period they were 29th in the NBA at 69.3% (1,018-1,468)

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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