In the Bonus: Blazers' 3-point shooting on point

In the Bonus: Blazers' 3-point shooting on point
January 11, 2014, 8:45 pm
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The Portland Trail Blazers are scoring 109.1 points a game this season, more than a dozen points more than they averaged last season.

Better ball movement.

The growth of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lilliard.

There are countless reasons for their improved play, but few stand out as much as their improved 3-point shooting.

Portland is shooting better this season in two of the three main 3-point shooting zones - corner, top of the key and wing.

They have been especially efficient on wing 3-pointers where they are connecting on 40.4 percent of their shots - up from 33.7 a year ago.

Those are just some of the many numbers to chew on with tip-off for tonight's game just a couple hours away.

Here are a few more numbers to digest as the Celtics look to snap their season-long seven game losing streak against one of the top teams in the NBA.


1 -- That would be where the Blazers rank in 3-pointers made (10.3), 3-point shooting percentage (39.5), free throw percentage (82.1) and second-chance points (17.2).

2 -- The number of consecutive double-doubles Celtics forward Jeff Green currently has. A third one tonight would be the first time in his career where he tallies three consecutive double-doubles.

65 -- The number of points Boston allows opposing starting units to score, the sixth-lowest average in the NBA.

113 -- The number of elbow jumpers made by LaMarcus Aldridge, tops in the NBA. Behind him at No. 2 is Avery Bradley with 82.