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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Getting the calls

By Henry Abbott

Lionel Hollins
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A few games into the playoffs, Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies are best at getting to the line.


The Clippers are winning a reputation as some of the league's most consistent and spectacular floppers, which might lead you to suspect they're gaining some kind of unfair referee advantage over their first-round opponents, the Memphis Grizzlies.

But if that's so, there are other factors in play, too.

Take a look at which teams are shooting the most free throws -- per possession -- in the playoffs as of today:
  1. Memphis Grizzlies
  2. Miami Heat
  3. Los Angeles Clippers
  4. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Dallas Mavericks
  6. Utah Jazz
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. New York Knicks
  9. San Antonio Spurs
  10. Denver Nuggets
  11. Indiana Pacers
  12. Los Angeles Lakers
  13. Boston Celtics
  14. Orlando Magic
  15. Chicago Bulls
  16. Atlanta Hawks

In other words, yes the Clippers are high on the list, but the Grizzlies lead the league in getting to the line so far.

Meanwhile, the other team that has been accused of getting all the calls -- at least by Danilo Gallinari -- is the other L.A. team. In fact, the Lakers trail all but four playoff teams, including Gallinari's Nuggets, when it comes to shooting freebies.

Statistical support provided by NBA.com.