Wizards Get Historical in L.A. with 50% FG Shooting Despite Futility Beyond the Arc
Look at that Wizards-Clippers box score (shot chart above). Something is off. It has to stand out.
Early on, via the Twitter machine, I said that last night’s game felt weird. Still feels weird, if not inevitable. It could just be me.
Follow me-now (Snoop Dogg voice)…. Washington shot 51 percent from the field, .511 to be exact (their would-be winning percentage had they won).
Washington also made just three of 22 3-pointers, 13.6 percent. What a discrepancy.
It took me several searches on Basketball-Reference.com* to even make something work. I wasn’t sure if I was using it right.
The Wizards are in rare company. Since 1985, no NBA team has attempted more than 20 3-pointers and shot less than 16 percent on them, while also shooting over 50 percent from the field (with 75 or more attempts).
Per the table below from Basketball-Reference, several NBA teams have been futile from deep (on less than 20 3-point attempts), but no team has missed more 3s in a game than the Wizards last night while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
In 2005 against the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers shot 51.9 percent (42-81) but were just 1-for-18 from beyond the arc (ex-Wizard Chucky Atkins made the only trey; Caron Butler was on the court for the Lakers that night). L.A. also shot 23-for-35 from the free throw line in a win over the Mavs.
The Wizards shot just 10-for-17 on free throws in their 103-110 loss last night while the Clippers went 32-for-42 from the line.
Just two seasons ago on April 23, 2012, the Wizards beat the Charlotte Bobcats, 101-73, and shot 55.4 percent from the field (46-83). The Wizards also shot just 3-for-19 from the 3-point line and 7-for-12 from the free throw line that night. Cartier Martin (1-for-6 on 3s) made one trey ball, and Mo Evans (1-for-2) made the other.
Now, history might be relative… Because, as noted below, the Basketball-Reference game log database does not include five seasons in which the 3-pointer was tracked. Nonetheless, this is noteworthy, blog-worthy, and simply terrible shooting from deep while making shots otherwise.
Do credit Martell Webster, who went 3-for-7 from deep, making all of Washington’s 3s last night while the rest of the team went 0-for-15.[*BBR game log database goes back to 1985-86, the 3-point shot started being tracked in 1979-80.]