Spurs make franchise history with 15 threes in back-to-back games
The San Antonio Spurs have put on an offensive showcase in their last two games, shooting the lights out from beyond the arc.
For the first time in franchise history, the team has made 15 threes in back to back games:
Spurs have hit 15+ three-pointers in back to back games for the first time in franchise history.
— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) January 30, 2019
The Spurs defeated the Washington Wizards by a score of 126-114, hitting 18 threes in the process. They barely squeezed out a win against the lowly Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night and hit 15 shots from beyond the arc.
San Antonio has never been known as a sharpshooting team. Even during the team’s epic championship runs, they relied more on smart crisp ball movement to create easy shots closer to the rim.
Today’s team ranks as one of the best shooting teams in the league. Per NBA Stats, they have the best three-point shooting percentage as a team, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Surprisingly, they rank dead last in three-point attempts, shooting only 24.5.
At first glance, it seems like the Spurs should be shooting way more threes. However, the team shoots so accurately because they only take the best looks available. No one on the Spurs is jacking shots mindlessly from 30 feet, or else head coach Gregg Popovich would have them on the bench before they could blink.
Additionally, the Spurs aren’t constructed to be a long-range shooting team. They brought in DeMar DeRozan this offseason, who is well known to be a terrible shooter from beyond the arc.
LaMarcus Aldridge is another good midrange shooter who is not particularly known to be a three-point dead eye.
While it’s good to see the Spurs clicking again, we might not see another pair of games where they hit so many deep shots.