Terry Stotts said that the free throw differential between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Lakers, particularly in the first half, had an impact in his team's 116-108 loss in game 3.
The Lakers had a 31-8 free throw advantage in the first half.
The Lakers now lead the series 2-1.
"As far as the free throw differential, particularly at halftime, I don't know if I've ever been in a game where it was that big. And certainly it had an impact on the first half, when I think the differential was 23. That had an impact on the game," said Stotts.
The Lakers shot 24 more free throws than the Blazers, making it their largest margin in a playoff game since 2008.
The Lakers went 28-of-43 from the line. The 15 misses represented the most missed free throws in a playoff win since 2015.
Damian Lillard added that the Lakers imposed their aggression on the game.
"The discrepancy in free throws is something that's out of our control. Last game, we came out, [and] they played a really physical game. They played a really aggressive game. That led to a blowout victory for them. ... When a team is living at the free throw line like they did tonight as a team, it's going to be hard to win a game against a team that's as good as they are."