Community Shootaround: Three-Point Barrage

Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers to lead the Warriors’ comeback victory over the Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night. The way these playoffs have unfolded, Thompson’s record might not last this postseason.

The 3-point shot has been around since the 1979-80 season but in the last few years, it’s become much more prevalent. During this postseason, long-range shots have been fired up at a record pace.

The Cavaliers stormed into the Finals not so much on LeBron James brute strength and versatility but on 3-point flurries. They are averaging 14.4 made 3-pointers in the postseason and hitting them at a 43.4% rate. Nearly 41% of their field-goal attempts have come from beyond the arc.

Not surprising, the Warriors are second on the list with an average of 12.2 made threes while shooting 39.9% from long range. A handful of teams in this postseason have averaged at least 30 3-point attempts per game and six more averaged at least 21 per contest.

It’s a stark contrast to what we saw just a few years ago. During the 2012 postseason, for example, the Heat won the championship with 3-point averages of 6.8 makes and 19.7 attempts with a 34.7% success rate. The Western Conference champion Thunder averaged 6.8 makes and 19.2 attempts with a 35.5% success rate.

Meanwhile, mid-range shooting and low-post play has been lost in the process. Most of the top teams lack a dominant post presence and when someone does post up, it’s usually to set up a kickout for another 3-point attempt.

The NBA Finals this season might resemble the 3-point shooting contest during All-Star weekend.

This leads us to our question of the day: Should the league make rule changes such as extending the 3-point line or widening the lane in order to de-emphasize the 3-point shot?

Please take to the comments section below to share your thoughts and opinions on the subject. We look forward to what you have to say.

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9 thoughts on “Community Shootaround: Three-Point Barrage

  1. It’s becoming too easy. They need to at least widen the line in my opinion.

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    • Dana Gauruder

      I think something needs to be done to discourage all those 3-point shots.

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  2. json-api

    Keep three point where it is…..Curry will adjust accordingly…..don’t worry East Coast diehards….Jordan still the best all-around….Curry still best shooter..

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    • Make a 4 pointer harder so the best shooters will try for those middle tier will shoot 3s so they won’t be made as often

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  3. Z-A

    Bring back a few 90s rules like hand checking. Its like the NFL and receivers rules out there.

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    • Dana Gauruder

      The game has changed dramatically over the past dozen years. The Pistons routinely held opponents under 80 points the year they won the title.

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  4. Xyrak

    Time to go NBA Jam style – take out the line – put in random hotspots!

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  5. hill
    daren hill

    Leave it alone.

    Teams will adjust defenses, lineups, schemes and counter attacks.

    Give it time to evolve before making knee-jerk rules changes.

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    • Arthur Hill

      I agree. Game 6 between the Warriors and Thunder was the highest-rated show of the night. People were turning it off in disgust because of all the 3-pointers. The rule changes have worked. It’s a better game now.

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