The Lakers did not file any complaints regarding the handling of the match against Denver.
Everyone thinks LeBron and the Lakers have been getting positive whistles from officials over the years and in the fact that is a regular argumentative thing, it was clear that James was not very aggressive in attacking the basket during the first three matches, which I felt was a greater reason for not going to the line than a plot. Great for manipulating finals for mid-market team like the Denver Nuggets.
LeBron James had received more than nine free throws per game over the course of his NBA career, so when he went to the goal line only twice, he lost in the Game 3 Western Conference Finals to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.
James only attempted 10 free throws in the first three matches of the series combined.
The surprising numbers prompted Lakers coach Frank Vogel to say after the third match that the Lakers "are dealing with mistakes through the appropriate channels with the league." In Game Four on Thursday, James provided 11 of 14 free throws en route to 26 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists in the Lakers' 114-108 victory. Overall, the Lakers shot 35 free throws, compared to 23 for the Nuggets.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after the fourth game that his team had to go through the same "proper channels" as the Lakers "to get more free throws".
Vogel heard this and commented on it explaining that the Lakers had done nothing outside of normal protocol regarding arbitration.
"It's very simple. We haven't made any complaints or anything like that," Vogel said. "I think it's a false story."
Entering the 'judgment portal' is a far cry from data scientists compiling a set of perceived judgment bias, as the Houston Rockets team has done in the past. Vogel credited the Lakers' aggressiveness,
"We could get preoccupied with it and use the referees as an easy and available excuse if we wanted to," said Malone. "I won't do that, because we didn't lose the match last night because of anyone except ourselves."
Eyes were on the referees regardless of what happened in Game Four after news of Vogel's complaint in the rounds earlier in the day. Still the talking point after the Lakers won 114-108 Thursday night to lead 3-1 in the series and put them one victory away from the Final Round.