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LISTEN: Chucking up threes and shooting bricks is not NBA basketball

James Harden and Russell Westbrook against the Celtics
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In 2015, the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship through the power of incredible three-point shooting and playing an uptempo style of basketball. Since then, the rest of the NBA has been trying to replicate the Warriors’ success by following the three-point barrage blueprint.

Perhaps the most notable copycat has been the Houston Rockets. Under Mike D’Antoni, the Rockets combined D’Antoni’s “seven seconds or less” offense with the Warriors’ three-point shooting attack. The results have been mixed thus far though the Rockets did make it to the Western Conference Finals in 2018.

Teams and players have embraced the “three-point” revolution

With the Warriors ushering in the “three-point” revolution, more and more teams have been taking three-pointers. Obviously, three-pointers are worth more but they are also more difficult to hit. Teams are placing a premium on three-pointers and sometimes, that over reliance on shooting threes can lead to less-than-desirable results.

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During the Brooklyn Nets’ historic comeback against the Milwaukee Bucks, both teams shot a combined 108 three-pointers. The Nets shot 21-for-57 – 36.8% – from three while the Bucks shot 17–for–51 (33.3%) in the wild game.

For the season, the Bucks are 16th in the league in 3-point percentage (35%). Meanwhile, the Nets are in the bottom-fourth of the league, sitting at 26th at about 33.9%. Considering both teams are fourth (38.8) and fifth (38) in three-point attempts, respectively, it would make sense for them to shoot but miss frequently.

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In this week’s episode of the Shooting Bricks Podcast, Jarrod Castillo, Gerrel Sayles and Daniel Huynh also discuss the Los Angeles Lakers’ issues at the point guard position and if Frank Vogel can properly coach the team. The trio also debate whether or not American male soccer star Christian Pulisic is the man to make soccer finally popular in the United States.

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