Ball missed his eighth straight free throw – including 0-for-4 in his previous game – when the crowd let him have it.
I initially thought the fan response was unproductive, but maybe it jolted Ball into focusing more. He made his next attempt. Ball is certainly capable of shooting better than 45% on free throws, which he’s doing this season and did last season.
Ball’s woeful performance at the line has gone under the radar because he has attempted so few free throws – 1.4 per game last season, 1.1 per game this season. Which is yet another problem.