If you can limit opponents’ three point scoring, it will drastically enhance your own chances of getting a win.
The Phoenix Suns with their own recognition have been nothing but unspectacular this season but have seen an improvement in their three point defense.
Throughout the NBA,teams have been shooting an average of 35.8% from beyond the arc. Through the first 18 games of the season the Suns were struggling as opponents rained in the three point shots, allowing a league high of 43%. Over the last six games the Suns have limited opponents to only 29% (22 for 79).
When the Suns played the Memphis Grizzlies, who are known for their successive three point shooting, they were restricted to just 2-10 through the game. Alvin Gentry said.
“We still are going to try to stay away from freeing up 3-point shooters.
“You got to pick your poison.”
Although the team’s defensive three point plays have increased still the underlying fact remains that defensive efficiency has not been affected and still remains poor. (109 points made per 100 possessions.
“We played a zone some,” Gentry said afterward.
“But we just weren’t gonna run around and spread our defense out where they could start making 3-point shots. We tried to limit the 3-point shooting.”
Next up for the Suns is a match up against Utah Jazz who are only making 38% of the three point shots so it will be interesting to see how the Suns fare against the Jazz.