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    Default Free Throw Issues

    The Pacers give up more free throws than any other team in the league at 31.7 per game. The league average for free throw shooting is 75%. This calculates out to around 24 points per game that we give up on free throws.

    The league average for opponent's free throws is 25.34. If you round this down to 25, that means that the average team is giving up around 19 points per game on free throws. That gives us a 6 point difference.

    How does this really affect us? Let's look at the schedule.

    Game # - Score - Opp. Made FT - Avg. FT - Adjusted Score

    1 - IND 119, WAS 110 (OT) - 31 FT - Adj. 21 FT - IND 119, WAS 100
    2 - IND 87, MIA 85 - 4 FT - Adj. 19 FT - MIA 100, IND 87
    3 - IND 121, MEM 111 - 37 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 121, MEM 93
    4 - LAC 104, IND 89 - 28 FT - Adj. 19 FT - LAC 95, IND 89
    5 - CHA 96, IND 87 - 27 FT - Adj. 19 FT - CHA 88, IND 87
    6 - DEN 113, IND 106 - 29 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 106, DEN 103
    7 - BOS 101, IND 86 - 33 FT - Adj. 19 FT - BOS 87, IND 86
    8 - WAS 103, IND 90 - 26 FT - Adj. 19 FT - WAS 96, IND 90
    9 - TOR 110, IND 101 - 22 FT - Adj. 19 FT - TOR 107, IND 101
    10 - IND 117, UTA 97 - 17 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 117, UTA 99
    11 - LAL 134, IND 114 - 37 FT - Adj. 19 FT - LAL 116, IND 114
    12 - IND 105, NO 93 - 17 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 105, NO 95
    13 - IND 111, DAL 107 - 34 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 111, DAL 92
    14 - CLE 111, IND 106 - 18 FT - Adj. 19 FT - CLE 112, IND 106
    15 - IND 112, DEN 110 - 31 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 112, DEN 98
    16 - IND 95, POR 89 - 9 FT - Adj. 19 FT - POR 99, IND 95
    17 - SEA 95, IND 93 - 19 FT - Adj. 19 FT - SEA 95, IND 93
    18 - IND 101, LAC 95 - 24 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 101, LAC 90
    19 - PHO 121, IND 117 - 28 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 117, PHO 112
    20 - IND 115, ORL 109 - 27 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 115, ORL 101
    21 - CLE 118, IND 105 - 27 FT - Adj. 19 FT - CLE 110, IND 105
    22 - IND 117, CHI 102 - 23 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 117, CHI 98
    23 - TOR 104, IND 93 - 20 FT - Adj. 19 FT - TOR 103, IND 93
    24 - IND 106, MIA 103 - 30 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 106, MIA 92
    25 - IND 119, NY 92 - 28 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 119, NY 83
    26 - IND 102, PHI 85 - 28 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 102, PHI 76
    27 - MIN 131, IND 118 - 24 FT - Adj. 19 FT - MIN 126, IND 118
    28 - IND 93, WAS 85 - 18 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 93, WAS 86
    29 - ATL 107, IND 95 - 26 FT - Adj. 19 FT - ATL 100, IND 95
    30 - DET 114, IND 101 - 19 FT - Adj. 19 FT - DET 114, IND 101
    31 - DET 98, IND 92 - 28 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 92, DET 89
    32 - CHA 107, IND 103 (OT) - 29 FT - Adj. 21 FT - IND 103, CHA 99
    33 - MEM 90, IND 72 - 12 FT - Adj. 19 FT - MEM 97, IND 72
    34 - IND 113, ATL 92 - 26 FT - Adj. 19 FT - IND 113, ATL 85
    35 - LAL 112, IND 96 - 30 FT - Adj. 19 FT - LAL 101, IND 96

    Our current record is 16-19. If we had allowed our opponents to only make the league average for free throws in a game, we'd be 18-17.

    I know there are a ton of other factors involved, but I thought this would be interesting to look at. I'll try to update it for each game.
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    Thanks, Mel. There's four possiblities here.

    1. We won, but would have won anyway.
    2. We won, but would have lost.
    3. We lost, but would have won.
    4. We lost, but would have lost anyway.

    Can you discuss it that way? For example, in the first game the Pacers would still win even if 10 points were taken back from the Wizards.
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    Default Re: Free Throw Issues

    FreeThrows disadvantages i think are caused of us not having a player that drives the ball.

    and i think we win even if 10pts are taken from the FT is because we are uptempo, and we shoot a lot of threes and when they fall, the despairity from the ft is negated. but combine them both. then we should have been wining by 15+ game. haha

    yah.. we aint elite. so yah

    Spurs can do that
    Celts can do that
    Pistons can do that

    but i think this upcoming Jazz game, we should see more FT's.. Utah fouls a lot but only if we drive. they aint gonna foul people shootin threes.
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    Not to mention the impact that foul trouble has on the course of a game. We just don't have any slashers on this team other than a healthy Marquis, and when you combine that with a post player who doesn't draw a lot of fouls, it's hard to count on fouls in any way, shape, or form.

    I think that's a major difference between JOB's Celtics/Sixers and JOB's Pacers. On those other teams, he had a dynamic scorer who drew lots of foul shots, which consequently, allowed his bigs to rest at the stripe so that they could keep running.

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