During the 2008-09 season, Golden State Warriors center Andris Biedrins notched impressive averages of 11.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in only 30 minutes a game for his team, while hitting 55 percent of his free throws. Since that year, however, Biedrins has shot a miserable 22 percent from the stripe in three seasons-plus, missing a remarkable 52 out of 67 free throws attempted. As expertly detailed by Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard earlier this fall, his confidence and overall game has suffered significantly as a result. The Warriors can't play him, fearful of intentional fouls, and Biedrins just about runs from the ball any time he's on the court.
Sadly, the frustrations continued at Staples Center on Friday night. With starting center Andrew Bogut injured and rookie big man Festus Ezeli battling foul trouble while attempting to contain the Lakers' Dwight Howard, Biedrins got an early look in the first quarter. And, as you'd expect, an early whistle on an intentional foul. When his first attempt from the line went long, Andris attempted to take something off the second shot, and this was the result: