Back in December, I wrote a post titled The three-point line is not Evan Turner's friend--and that was an understatement. At the time, Turner was 5-for-37 (13.5 percent) from deep on the season.
Now things are starting to change. Turner has knocked down a three-pointer in each of the Celtics last three games:
Evan Turner shooting 3's.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 24, 2016
First 69 games: 12-70
Last 3 games: 4-5
Programming note: Turner and Steph Curry go head to head next Friday.
In the past week, Turner has raised his three-point percentage from 17.1 to 21.3:
The lighter side of Turner, on hitting a three tonight: "I'm not a great 3-point shooter, but damn, I wasn't 15 percent bad."— Darren Hartwell (@darren_hartwell) March 24, 2016
Evan Turner on if he’s still lethal at 21.3% from 3: "Still lethal baby. All the time. Still lethal. You gotta guard me out there.” #Celtics— J A R E D W E I S S (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) March 24, 2016
Turner has actually fared much butter from beyond the arc ever since the All-Star break, going 7-of-13 since mid February:
NBA - 3-point % - Post All-Star Break— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) March 25, 2016
(Min. 13 attempts)
1. Richardson, Mia 61.5
2. TURNER, BOS 53.8
Leonard, Por 53.8#FunWithNumbers
The accuracy might well be a coincidence given the small sample size, but that's also part of the reason for his recent success--Turner has become much more judicial with his three-point attempts, taking them less frequently and only at the right times. He's also clearly making an effort to improve:
Per usual, Evan Turner also still out shooting for #Celtics well after practice; Jae Crowder too.— Scott Souza (@Scott_Souza) March 8, 2016
Over one two-game stretch last week, Turner's long-range proficiency peaked just as reigning-MVP Steph Curry's hit rock bottom, allowing for this bizarre statistical anomaly:
3-PT field goals made/attempted last 2 games:— Mark Vandeusen (@LucidSportsFan) March 22, 2016
Steph Curry 3-21 (14%)
Evan Turner 3-3 (100%)
As Grande mentioned, Turner and the C's have a showdown with Curry and the Warriors in Oakland on Friday.
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Mark Van Deusen 3/26/2016 12:17:00 PM Tweet Edit