Nov 10, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forwardRyan Anderson
(33) shoots over Dallas Mavericks forwardDwight Powell
(7) during the second half of a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Mavericks 120-105. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
3. Defend the 3-Point Shot
As expected, the Golden State Warriors lead the NBA in 3-point field goals made per game. Stephen Curry is shooting out of his mind, Klay Thompson shot his way to All-NBA status in 2014-15, and the supporting cast is more than capable from beyond the arc.
Checking in at No. 2 are the New Orleans Pelicans.
New Orleans isn’t quite as efficient at Golden State, but it’s converting at a very respectable 36.1 percent. That makes the average of 10.1 3-point field goals made per game all the more impressive.
If the New York Knicks fail to close out on shooters, they will pay the price.
Ryan Anderson, Luke Babbitt, Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday are all lethal from distance. Anthony Davis has added the shot to his repertoire, and both Dante Cunningham and Toney Douglas are underrated threats.
Regardless of who is available, the Pelicans will have players who can make New York pay for any defensive lapses along the perimeter.
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