The Portland Trail Blazers struggled to get to the free throw line against the Los Angeles Lakers in their Game Three loss 116-108. Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest reported that there was a profound difference in the number of times that the Blazers got to the line: 18 times to the Lakers’ 43. On the disparity, Damian Lillard said it is out of the Blazers’ hands.
The discrepancy in free throws is something that is out of our control… Last game we came out — they played a really physical game, a really aggressive game that led to blowout victory for them. But tonight, we came in saying, we wasn’t going to get bullied any and let them out physical and out aggressive us and maybe sometimes we did foul, but they’re a physical team as well.
Coach Terry Stotts noted that the discrepancy was worse in the first half.
As far as the free throw differential, particularly at halftime it was — I don’t know if I’ve ever been in a game where it was that big. It certainly had an impact on the first half… That had an impact on the game.
The Trail Blazers take on the Lakers in Game Four on August 24th at 6:00pm.