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TFD: Wolves vs. Knicks -- a study in three-point shooting contrast tonight

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • February 8, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The Wolves host the Knicks tonight in the final game of a six-game homestand during which the home club has gone 1-4 so far. There are plenty of reasons why the Wolves have faltered this season -- injuries being at the top of the list -- but tonight should underscore another glaring deficiency: three-point shooting.

The Wolves are dead-last in the NBA in three-point shooting percentage (30.2), and it's not even close. Phoenix is next-worst at 32.6 percent. The Knicks are second-best in the league at 38.4 percent. And more to the point -- OK, a lot of points -- they have made a league-high 528 treys this season.

How many have the Wolves made? 255. It's crazy that less than 50 games into a season, one team has twice as many made three-pointers as the Wolves. It means the Knicks have scored 1,584 points on threes, while the Wolves have scored just 765 -- a difference of 819 points! The Wolves have played 46 games. For them, that's about 18 points per game fewer than the Knicks are scoring on three-pointers alone.

It's hard to live that way in the modern NBA. We'll be at Target Center with a group of friends tonight, bearing witness to a very one-sided three-point parade.

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