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Lakers allegedly complained to the NBA about LeBron James’s lack of…..

Lakers reportedly complained to NBA that LeBron James didn’t shoot enough free throws vs. Heat

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers don’t think he’s getting enough fouls called his way.

A day after James and head coach Darvin Ham waxed poetic about missed foul calls during Monday’s 108-107 loss to the Miami Heat, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports the Lakers filed a formal complaint with the NBA league office

The Lakers pointed to “many missed foul calls,” focusing on what they believed to be missed calls against James, according to the report.

The Lakers cited multiple clips from the game to demonstrate what they contend is clear illegal contact against James that wasn’t called, per the report.

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James finished with 30 points while shooting and making four free throws. The Heat shot 16 free throws as a team, while the Lakers attempted 14. The Lakers were whistled for 17 fouls; the Heat were called for 14.

James addressed a specific missed call after Monday’s game while speaking with media.

What they’re telling me is not consistent with what’s actually happening on the floor,” James said, per McMenamin. “When I went for the dunk attempt against Thomas Bryant, he clearly elbowed, like, arm straight across my face.

And I asked him for the explanation. Well, one of the refs said that he was straight up, hands straight in the air. Two of the refs said they were blocked and they didn’t see it.”

This is the play in question:

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Thomas indeed goes straight up with his right arm in the air. He then swipes his arm down and clearly elbows James across the face. That’s the kind of contact that can draw a flagrant 1 foul in today’s NBA. James is right to be upset that a personal foul wasn’t called.

Ham objected to not getting a call, which resulted in a technical foul against him. He, too, addressed the officiating postgame.

I see ‘Bron shooting four free throws and the amount of times he attacked the rim, the amount of times he was slapped on the arm, which I could see plain as day, for that not to be called, man,” Ham said. … “He’s not flopping. I’m watching him go to the hole strong.

LeBron James was not pleased with the officiating Monday night. (Megan Briggs/Getty Images) (Megan Briggs via Getty Images)

Is LeBron James being officiated fairly?

James is averaging a career-low 5.7 free throws per game this season through seven games.

His career average of 7.7 attempts per game is a mark he has not met in a single season since playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2014 to 2015.

Three seasons in which James averaged more than ten free throws per game early in his career have elevated his career rate.

As his game’s evolved to include more perimeter play and 3-point shooting, his free-throw attempts have dwindled.

Meanwhile, James is no stranger to blaming his free-throw rate on how he’s officiated. He has been critical of NBA officiating for a long time on social media, in the media, and on the court.

He did so again on Tuesday when he saw that the NBA confirmed that the calls in the last two minutes of Monday’s game were all correct.

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He supported a social media conspiracy theory in January that claimed the NBA was working against him and the Lakers.

As if impeding the game’s biggest star and the league’s glamour franchise is in the NBA’s interest.

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Calls are missed in every sport at every level in every game. Officiating is hard, and there are officials across all the major sports that are frankly not good at their job. In general, the calls go your way sometimes. And sometimes they don’t.

James and the Lakers are proficient at making sure media and fans know when calls don’t go their way. And now they’re letting the league know with a formal complaint.

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