Jan 2, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Jennings (7) shoots for three over New York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Detroit Pistons won 97-81. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Knicks can not defend the three…
Last season New York allowed a league-worst 38% opponent three-point field goal percentage, per NBA.com. Consequentially New York allowed 8.5 three-pointers made per game, tied for fourth-worst in the league.
It looks like this year, New York will once again struggle to guard the three-point line… The first five field goals Bauru converted on were all three-pointers. Despite being less talented Bauru hung in the game 16-15 mid-way through the opening quarter. At halftime Bauru converted on 34.78% of their three-point attempts. In the second quarter Bauru kept heaving away but only made 3/20 three-point field goal attempts.
The good news Bauru started missing their outside shot, the bad news…they were good open shots… If Knicks continue to get out slow on open shooters, the Knicks will once again be bottom in defending the three-point line… There were way, WAY, too many open shots, and for NBA teams, those will be layups. It will be interesting to see if New York can improve on this defensively.
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