The Detroit Pistons nearly found a way to squeeze a win away from the Chicago Bulls, just barely losing, 95-94. Perhaps if Andre Drummond hadn't air-balled two free throws, the story of the game would have been slightly different.
Drummond toed the line early in the fourth quarter, took a few dribbles, put up a shot and came a foot short of hitting even the net. His second one at least grazed the nylon.
Bulls finally starting to defend free throw line better as Drummond air balls two free throws. That's coaching!— Sam Smith (@SamSmithHoops) March 31, 2013
Just saw replay of Andre Drummond airballing two STRAIGHT free throws. Brutal. Shaq-esque. Now unthinkable 43-of-122 (35.2%) on season.— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) April 1, 2013
Of course, he can't really be blamed for the loss. He had a fine performance in his second game back with Detroit after missing their last 22 games with a back injury.
Drummond scored just eight points, but he added 14 rebounds (four offensive) and two nifty assists, making four of his seven shots in the two games.
Drummond's foray into the starting lineup has been great so far. He's put up a combined 25 points and 18 rebounds in 42 minutes of basketball.
However, putting up a 1-for-7 mark from the free-throw line in those two games is making it easy for people to zero in on his free-throw woes.
The big man out of UConn is shooting just 35 percent from the free-throw line this season, and the fact that he failed to break the 30 percent barrier last season seems to give people the notion that this isn't going to get any better anytime soon.
If it's any consolation to Drummond, he's still a long way off from the worst free-throw attempt of the season.
At least he can say that his shot was on line. DeAndre Jordan's was so bad that he missed short and wide.
Either way, it may be time for Drummond to look at adjusting his free-throw shot. Maybe it's time for him to take the Rick Barry approach and go underhand.