In the Grizzlies’ 79-76 win over the Hawks in Atlanta, the Grizzlies made NBA history in a rather unusual way by becoming the first team to ever attempt only one free throw in a game (no team has ever taken zero). What made the one free throw attempt more bizarre is that it was for a defensive three-seconds in the key, which means that they didn’t attempt a single foul shot for a common foul! Courtney Lee had the honor of taking and making the only foul shot for the Grizzlies, which puts him front and center of a very strange and historical game.
The fact that the Grizzlies actually won the game is what is most impressive. To win with only attempting one foul shot means that the Grizzlies had to play really impressive defense to still come out on top. They also benefited from the Hawks shooting an abysmal 8/15 from the foul line.
While this game is probably just a strange statistical anomaly, it is comforting to know that the Grizzlies can win even when the calls aren’t going their way. I don’t mean to be putting the referees under a microscope here, but let’s be clear about something, the way the whistles blew was in favor of the Hawks in order for them to get 15 free throw attempts and the Grizzlies to only get 1. If the Grizzlies can win a game where the disparity between free throw attempts is so huge, they have to feel pretty good about themselves. Especially when they won the game the way Grizzly basketball is played, which is very low scoring due to their grind it out defense mentality. This was a great win for the Grizzlies and definitely one that should make them feel good about their overall approach to the game. As for the loss to the Cavaliers the next day, we’ll just forget about that one, and use the old “It was a back-to-back” excuse as our explanation!
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