In the Bonus: Pressey takes advantage of his shot

In the Bonus: Pressey takes advantage of his shot
January 26, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BOSTON -- With trades (Jordan Crawford) and injuries (Avery Bradley, Jerryd Bayless) depleting an already thin Celtics backcourt, minutes have been there for the taking.

No player has taken advantage of this more than Phil Pressey.

In the last five games, he has averaged 7.8 points and 5.4 assists which included a career-high 20 points against Washington. That's a significant bump over the 2.3 points and 2.6 assists per game he has averaged this season.

His increased production is a direct result of increased playing time. In the last five games, he has averaged 26.4 minutes compared to just 11.1 the rest of the season.

The one knock on Pressey so far as a pro -- his jump shot -- hasn't been as big an issue lately. In the last five games, he has averaged four three-point attempts per game compared to less than one (0.8) the rest of the season.

More shot attempts, especially from the perimeter, is directly tied to him shooting the ball better.

On threes, he's shooting 45 percent in the last five games compared to 13.8 percent the rest of the season. And Pressey has more than doubled his shooting percentage on mid-range shots, up to 42.9 percent in the last five games compared to 21.4 percent the rest of the season.

"I've been saying this since day one, the more you play out there, the more comfortable you get," Pressey said. "And my teammates have been believing in me, so that helps out as well."