Nuggets head coach Michael Malone didn’t seem pleased that LeBron James and Anthony Davis shot more free throws than the entire Nuggets team during game 4 after the Lakers complained to the league over lack of foul calls.
After Game 3 of the series, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said he “went through the proper channels” to let the league know that he felt LeBron wasn’t shooting enough free throws.
So the Lakers are making noise about LeBron’s lack of free throws vs Denver in @latimessports. Can’t wait to see what happens in Game 4: Lakers present case to NBA regarding LeBron James' lack of free throws https://t.co/K2vhxcpF0A
— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) September 24, 2020
“We’re dealing with the fouls through the proper channels with the league,” Frank Vogel told reporters after Wednesday’s practice. “I think he’s gone to the basket very aggressively, and I’ll just leave it at that.”
LeBron and the Lakers immediately shot more free throws in game 4 following Vogel’s complaint to the league.
LeBron and the Lakers complained about the refs, result: 14 free throws for LeBron and 5 fouls called on Jokic and Millsap…
— Antonin💧 (@antonin_org) September 25, 2020
*whispers* the Lakers shot 35 free throws — the Nuggets shot 23.
— Josh J. (@JoshJBullsHoops) September 25, 2020
After the game, Malone joked that he would also have to go “through the proper channels” like Vogel and the Lakers did to get more free throws.
Michael Malone says maybe the Nuggets should "go through the proper channels" like the Lakers did to see if they can get more favorable foul calls. Jamal Murray thought he was fouled a few times down the stretch.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 25, 2020
It is worth noting that despite the free throw disparity in game 4, the Lakers and the Nuggets have shot the same amount of free throws cumulatively throughout all games in the series.
Free Throw Attempts through 4 games
Lakers – 113
Nuggets – 113
— Ry (@JustRyCole) September 25, 2020