The officials were allowing aggressive, physical play, so the Memphis Grizzlies turned up the defensive pressure against Atlanta while setting an NBA record with only one free throw attempt.
Zach Randolph scored 20 points and the Grizzlies set a low-scoring pace in shutting down the Hawks 79-76 Saturday night.
Memphis’s one free throw attempt is the record low since the shot-clock era was introduced in 1954-55, according to STATS.
Memphis players were astonished to see only one free throw on their stat line.
“Wow! Wow! Wow!” Randolph said. “That whole game — wow!”
Randolph said he appreciated the officials allowing the physical play. “But sometimes, if there is a foul, call it,” he said. “But, you know, let us play.”
Courtney Lee, who had 14 points, made the Grizzlies’ only free throw in the third period. The officials called only 22 fouls — 12 against Memphis and 10 against Atlanta, which made 8 of 15 free throws. Associated Press
The preseason days of Dave Joerger bragging about the new high-octane offense are long gone. It’s pretty sobering because I drank the spiked, preseason Kool-Aid at the time. This record is an achievement of defensive prowess and an indictment of offensive ineptitude.
Looks like nothing changed from last year. Lionel Hollins, the head coach who led Memphis to a record 56 wins last season, was fired for no reason. – AL