Mavs’ Harrison Barnes looking for ways on how to get more free throw trips
Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes is trying to figure out a better method for getting to the free-throw line on a more frequent basis. The Mavs forward is off to a good start this season in posting 17.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, but there’s some clear frustration when it comes to getting opportunities at the charity stripe.
And Barnes let those concerns be known following Wednesday night’s 114-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Here are Barnes’ thoughts on his inability to get to the line, courtesy of ESPN’s Tim MacMahon:
“It’d be great to go to the free throw line. I ask the refs on almost every play what I could be doing or what I’m not doing. Still haven’t got any answers from that. Maybe [NBA VP] Kiki [VanDeWeghe] can give me some answers.”
“Like [NBA VP, head of referee development and training] Monty McCutchen said, it’s all about the relationships between refs and players. That’s an emphasis of the league, so I just want to try to learn more about that.”
Harrison Barnes notched a game-high 25 points in the win over Atlanta, but his four free-throw attempts were not exactly what he was looking for.
There’s no doubt that Barnes is set on getting more opportunities in that area of his game, and it should only help him add to his scoring total moving forward.
The Mavs will be back in action on Thursday night against the Phoenix Suns, so perhaps Barnes’ plea for more fouls will result in more attempts in that game.