Detroit Pistons: The importance of the three point shot

By Trevor Hooth

The Detroit Pistons went from playing some of the best basketball of the year to some of the worst, it seemed like, overnight. Despite that they were able to pull of a win against the Lakers.

Now, don’t get fooled, the win against the Lakers was not the best brand of Detroit Pistons basketball. But, the team topped 100 points, so there is at least one positive to take from the experience.

The key difference in the wins and the two embarrassing losses is the ability to score from beyond the arc. It’s no secret. James Edwards III of The Athletic shed some light on the situation in a recent article. The numbers spoke for themselves.

As Edwards points out, the Pistons did a good job converting threes, among other things, during their recent stretch of success. Before winning 12 of 14 games, they sat 25th in offense, and jumped to fifth over the span of those 14 games.

So, what did the three-point output look like against the Lakers win, as opposed to the Heat and Nets losses? That is the winning question.

The Detroit Pistons shot 43.6 percent (17 of 39) from deep in the win. Wayne Ellington, Langston Galloway, and Reggie Jackson accounted for most of them with four each. Blake Griffin had two, while Luke Kennard, Thon Maker, and Ish Smith each had one. Every player who attempted a three made at least...

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