Last week, I started a weekly series built around unusual shot charts from teams. I really haven’t heard opposition or compliments about them, so I decided to make another post and proceed from there. I looked at which teams took advantage of the corner three, took a ton of shots from one side or the other, bombed away from three, or had a shot chart that was symmetrical.
Here are last week’s shot charts that stood out to me, from December to 16 to 22. All shot charts are from ESPN.com:
The Clips bomb away from the corners (December 16 versus San Antonio)
The Clippers gave San Antonio a taste of their own medicine after they beat the Timberwolves with the right corner three.
The Clips won, 115-92.
New York gets really weird (December 18 at Milwaukee)
Players from the ’60s are throwing up at that shot chart. So many threes, so many long twos.
New York won this Toilet Bowl, 107-101 in double overtime.
Kyle Korver has a field day from the corners (December 18 versus Sacramento)
More corner three talk!
Paul Millsap also joined in on the fun from the corners, making two of his own. The main beneficiary was Kyle Korver, though. For the night, he drained eight threes. As a team, the Hawks were 15-for-25 from behind the line. It’s an easy game.
Atlanta won 124-107.
Portland chucks (December 18 at Minnesota)
Portland took 40 threes for the night, 17 coming in the 4th quarter. It felt like every one of those happened in this sequence:
Minnesota took advantage of a team on their fourth game in five nights, jumping out to a 30-point lead (!!!) in the first half and scoring 98 points through three quarters.
Damian Lillard nearly led a comeback from 30 down, but it was too big of a hole to climb out of. Shocking, I know.
Minnesota won, 120-109.
Memphis pounds the paint (December 18 at Dallas)
54 points came in the paint for Memphis, 18 more than the Mavs. They even made their threes, shooting eight-for-18 from beyond the arc. It’s not every day that happens. Memphis has made only five threes per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com. That’s second-worst in the NBA only to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Overall, Memphis took 20 more shots than Dallas, but it wasn’t enough. They were 29-for-75 inside the three-point line, which amounts to a Ricky Rubio-like 38.7 percent. The Grizzlies kind of really miss Marc Gasol, and their 2015 first round pick they owe Cleveland is starting to look juicy with every loss.
Memphis lost this game, 105-91.
Minnesota teeters towards the left side (December 20 at the Lakers)
It’s not all that surprising when no Timberwolf consistently in the rotation is left-hand, but nonetheless it’s a shot chart worth looking at. It’s like having a batting lineup predominantly right-handed with 95 percent of the balls in play going to left field. It happens, I guess.
The results were miserable. The Lakers won 104-91. It was one of the worst losses I’ve witnessed this season.
The Jazz make their threes (December 21 at Charlotte)
Early in the season I wrote about the Jazz’s embarrassing struggles from the arc, specifically in the corners. They’re up to 29.3 percent from that area of the three-point line. Lots and lots of progress, considering they were below 10 percent to start the season.
Four of their 10 made threes came from Trey Burke, who seems like a very nice building block alongside Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, and Gordon Hayward. Good times all around, and the draft pick Golden State owes them might have better value than expected.
The Jazz won 88-85. It’s a pretty bad loss for Charlotte who has a chance to possibly finish over .500 this season.
Symmetry by Golden State (at home versus the Lakers, December 21)
Cut the Warriors’ shot chart in half and it’ll look eerily similar. You might have to make every shot an X or an O, since the Warriors made a couple threes from the left corner and none from the right, but it looks pretty cool nonetheless.
Golden State beat the Lakers, 102-83.
Until next week, I’ll be looking for the shot chart from this heavyweight battle: