Lauri Markkanen 30 Points Full Highlights (2/2/2019)

Thirteen free throws is by far the career high for Lauri Markkanen in that stat. His previous career highs were seven attempts and six makes; Markkanen nearly doubled those totals by making all thirteen of his attempts in this game.

Usually, career-highs in a stat are something to be celebrated, but there is nothing more detrimental to the quality of a highlight video than a player getting a career high in free throws. Free throws, by their very nature, drag down the entertainment value of a highlight video by roughly 5% per free throw, and the effect is cumulative. I’m not a math whiz, but I believe that leaves the entertainment value of this hihlight video at 32%. It’s 32% as entertaining as a thirty-point video where the points were the result of field goals and nothing else.

It would have been way cooler if The Markksman had gotten a career high in points; he was only three points away from his high-water mark of 33. Being one of five from three in this game turned out not to be a good idea, both from a “winning the game” standpoint and a “make your highlight video extremely compelling” standpoint. Somebody should tell Bobby Portis to punch some sense into this seven-foot tall Finnish alabaster-statue-looking dude.

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