Considered one of which was to see why Karl-Anthony Cities did not try a single free throw.
“It looks like a man that goes to the basket as a lot as he does ought to get no less than a pair free throws,” Thibodeau stated.
Thibodeau shared that very same sentiment after a number of video games final season. The thought is, given Cities’ enjoying fashion, the third-yr huge man ought to make extra journeys to the road. Each Cities and Thibodeau thought the development of the large man not attending to the road would change this season.
“I feel refs have been nonetheless getting used to how I play (final season),” Cities stated this preseason. “I look again at my recreation … I play a really funky fashion of basketball. It’s extremely unorthodox at occasions, it seems very bizarre, like ‘I do not know why he is capturing that,’ and it is a very snug shot to me, so I feel the refs are simply getting used to it.”
Stated Thibodeau earlier than the season: “I feel (getting calls from officers) is available in time. I feel, whenever you take a look at when you will have a younger participant come into the league, I feel the referees need to get an excellent understanding of his recreation. (Cities) could make issues look actual straightforward. And typically, and he is quite a bit stronger than he appears, and similar factor with Wigg, so when there’s contact, typically they have not gotten the decision, however I feel now that they’ve gotten that have, notably after wanting on the contact they took on final yr, they each ought to’ve been on the line much more than they have been.”
Neither has. Andrew Wiggins free-throw price (.353)—the variety of free throws taken per subject-objective try—is about the place it was a yr in the past, and considerably decrease than it was throughout his first two seasons. Cities’ free-throw price is .293 this season, only a tick up from final season (.289).
Via Friday’s video games, Cities ranked thirteenth within the NBA in photographs within the restricted space (one hundred thirty five), however simply twenty eighth in free-throw makes an attempt (ninety nine). Cities ranks fifth on his personal group in free-throw price, Gorgui Dieng, Wiggins, Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague.
By means of 191 video games, Cities nonetheless hasn’t gained the respect of the officers.
“That is no remark by me,” Cities stated after the Washington recreation. “I ain’t stepping into that dialog.”
Stated Thibodeau: “”There is a physicality in there. Typically you get the calls, typically you do not.”
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