Friday, March 29, 2013
Grizzlies' Achilles heel
By Tom Carpenter
No team has attempted fewer 3-point shots per game than the Memphis Grizzlies this season. They are averaging just 13.6 3-point field-goal attempts each game. For comparison, that's 1.1 fewer attempts per game than the 29th-ranked Chicago Bulls and less than half the 28.9 3-point attempts the NBA-leading New York Knicks are chucking each night. Still, the Grizzlies find ways to create space for their big men to work in the paint, and coach Lionel Hollins credits an old-school approach to the game, according to Grantland.com's Zach Lowe.
"I'm sure you've heard the old adage that it's a game of inches. That's just sports," said Hollins. "But, you know, before there was a 3-point line, spacing was generated. People make more out of it because we are not a big 3-point shooting team. But we shoot enough and we make enough. We try to move the ball around and get people scrambling, and put the ball on the floor, drive by people, throw it out to another person. That creates spacing as well."
It will be interesting to see how that philosophy holds up in the postseason when they face defenses that can crowd the paint and limit the movement of their big men. The Grizzlies really don't have an answer for their weakness as a 3-point shooting team, as point guard Mike Conley is the only teammate who has attempted more than 2.6 3s per game (3.8) and the only one averaging more than 1.1 3s per game (1.3).