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Celtics Morning Joe: Three-point shooting a must in 2013-14 season

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 15, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Thee-point shooting has been one of the biggest storylines in the 2013 NBA Finals. In game three Danny Green went off for 7-9 from beyond the arc, and Gary Neal was equally impressive with 6-10 from three-point land.  In the regular season the Spurs finished 7th in the league with 8.1 three's made per game. The Spurs counter part in the Finals the Heat finished 3rd with 8.7 three's made per game. So where did the Celtics finish in all of this? The Celtics were ranked 25th with 6.1 three's made per game. That's a 6 point swing just like that. During the 2012 season the Celtics made just 5.5 per game, and they were ranked 21st. During the 2011 season the Celtics were even worse with 5.0 made three's and they were ranked 26th.

The Spurs have been consistent year after year with their three-point shooting. I think it could be a very helpful tool in the future for the Celtics. The Knicks destroyed the Celtics in the first round this season behind three-point shooting. It seems to be the new wave of NBA basketball. The Celtics don't have the best three-point shooting team, and when they did have the likes of Ray Allen they didn't rank high in that category anyways. Avery Bradley tried to be the three-point bomber but it's not in his game yet. Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Jeff Green were the three-point threats for Boston, but not at a high rate. Perhaps Bradley will get a little better at the three, and maybe Courtney Lee.

When I looked at the C's three-point rankings for the past 5-6years. I was shocked to see the Celtics so low since Ray Allen and Paul Pierce hit so many through the years. The Celtics best finish in three-point shooting came in 2008 when they finished 8th with 7.3 three's made per game. Every other year they never came to the top ten. I don't think three-point shooting is the only answer, but it's an area they need to improve on. How do they improve is the question. Is it the coach finding ways, or is it Ainge finding a three-point specialist?

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Reply paul
7:06 AM on June 15, 2013 
they need an inside game more
Reply Greg
1:01 PM on June 15, 2013 
I think we would be fine. If they hit a few more. I think the attempts are there,but if they increase the makes by one. That's a difference.
Reply paul
6:10 PM on June 15, 2013 
We need an inside game to open up the outside game. Then we'll hit more.
Reply rcraig617
7:52 PM on June 15, 2013 
You need 3 point shooting but you can't have guys who are liabilities on the defensive end. That was the problem with the knicks in my eyes aside from shumpert and chandler they're all weak defenders. The spurs and miami have shooters and some of those shooters can play defense that's the difference between golden state and those two teams. I'd love to see rondo have another 2 guard that can shoot we saw what he did with ray.