New York Knicks: Gifts to the Loyal Fans on Christmas Day

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Nov 21, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; New York Knicks guard

Arron Afflalo

(4) shoots the ball as Houston Rockets guard

James Harden

(13) defends during the third quarter at Toyota Center. The Knicks defeated the Rockets 107-102. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

4. Accepting the 3-Point Field Goal

During the 2014-15 NBA regular season, the New York Knicks ranked dead last in opponent 3-point field goal percentage. Thus far in 2015-16, the Knicks are No. 1 in opponent 3-point field goal percentage.

Turnarounds don’t get any bigger than that.

It seems like a rather obscure gift, but New York has accepted how important the 3-point field goal has become. The lack of ideal talent played a factor in the Knicks’ inefficiency in 2014-15, but the coaching was just as much of an issue.

Thus far in 2015-16, New York has not only developed an understanding for the vitality of defending the arc, but has been dominant in said regard.

Offensively, the Knicks are attempting 2.4 more 3-point field goals per game than they did in 2014-15. They still rank in the bottom half of the Association, but Derek Fisher is clearly warming up to the most influential shot in the modern NBA.

Be thankful to have a team that’s mindful of its flaws.

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