In the Bonus: Celtics relying more on 3-pointers

In the Bonus: Celtics relying more on 3-pointers
December 6, 2013, 4:15 pm
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BOSTON — The 3-point shot can be a small team's best friend, something the Boston Celtics are learning more and more about as the season progresses.

There has indeed been a noticeable spike in Boston's need to call on the 3-ball lately.

In the Celtics' last five games, 3-pointers have accounted for 29 percent of their shots taken from the field.

That's a pretty significant jump when you see that 3-pointers accounted for just 21.9 percent of their shots in the first 15 games.

And because they are taking more 3s, it only makes sense that the 3-point shot would account for a more significant portion of their scoring load.

In the last five games, 34.6 percent of Boston's points have come via 3-pointers. That's a double-digit percent increase over the 21.9 percent of points scored in the first 15 games that came off of 3-pointers.

So with 3-pointers becoming an even more integral part of what the Celtics are doing offensively now, Boston is justified in continuing to launch long-range shots as they start to fall at a much more reliable clip.

Shooting 34.2 percent on 3s this season, that's good enough to have Boston ranked among the league's bottom-10, coming in at No. 21.

But in the last five games, the Celtics have connected on 39.6 percent of their 3s which ranks seventh in the NBA during that stretch of games.

The improved 3-point shooting isn't the handy work of just one or two players, either.

"We're playing great as a team," said Celtics guard Jordan Crawford. "That's our strength."