The Lakers lead the Western Conference Finals and are the title favorites. Still, they feel they’re at a disadvantage.
Following a Game 3 loss to the Nuggets, the Lakers formally presented a case to the NBA that LeBron James is not getting as many foul calls as they believe should have been assessed, according to the L.A. Times. In Game 3, James shot just two free throws — due to a Jamal Murray flagrant foul — giving him a total of 10 in the series. This season, James averaged a career-low 5.7 free-throw attempts per game. During the first two rounds of the playoffs, the four-time MVP averaged 7.6 free throws per game.
“We’re dealing with the fouls through the proper channels with the league,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Wednesday. “I think he’s gone to the basket very aggressively, and I’ll just leave it at that.”
The Lakers’ issues with the officiating has also resulted in Dwight Howard picking up technical fouls the past two games, and assistant coach Phil Handy being assessed a technical foul in Game 2.
“Yeah, I mean, I think we’re exhibiting decent composure,” Vogel said. “I know we got the tech in Game 2, but yeah, we’re playing through it.”