Taking a look at Boston's insane hot hand from three
Only two teams have more made 3-pointers per game than the Celtics now: the Rockets and Cavs. Warriors behind Boston in fourth.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) January 8, 2017
It's not often that a team shoots better from three than from inside the arc, but that's how ridiculous Boston has been shooting lately:
Celtics shooting numbers in last 4 games:— Brian Robb (@CelticsHub) January 8, 2017
2pt FG: 43.9% (83-of-189)
3pt FG: 51.1% (71-of-139)
So I guess the Celtics should shoot only 3s?
The league has come a long way in terms of three-point shooting, and the way the Celtics have evolved into a three-heavy squad (whether that is a good thing or a bad thing) emphasizes this. Think about the Larry Bird era -- mid-range and post play were significantly relied on, especially compared to now. After all, the three-point line was only just implemented for Bird's rookie season. Check out the general trend since it was adopted in 1979:
This 2016-17 Celtics team has been taking it to a whole other level though. As you can see on the graph, I adjusted the 2016-17 made threes from the current mark (436) to the amount they are on pace for by the end of 82 games (787). That is a ton of treys.
In particular, they have been on fire during this past four game homestand. During that span, they splashed more threes than some former teams have made in a whole season:
71 3's for the Celtics in the sweep of the 4-game home stand.— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 8, 2017
That's more than they made in four different full seasons (1980-84).
Here's an even crazier stat to really hammer this home: The C's have done something these last two games that wasn't done in any franchise game beforehand:
The Celtics franchise played its first 6,120 games without ever making 18 three-pointers. They've now done it twice in a row. @CelticsLife https://t.co/YuZ5Ia8B0Y— Mark Van Deusen (@LucidSportsFan) January 8, 2017
Boston Celtics making 17 3's in a game...— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) January 8, 2017
First 3,028 games, 37.4 seasons: 3
This 4-game, 9-day home stand: 4
Many people have a problem with the amount of three balls the Celtics have been taking this year, but can you still be upset when they are netting more than 50% of their attempts and shooting more efficiently than anywhere else on the court?
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