Title: The Raptors have some tightening up to do on opponents’ 3-point attempts
Date: March 25, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I took a deeper look at Raptors opponents hitting so many threes of late and where they might be able to tighten up their coverages.
Jeremy Lamb hit a ridiculous shot.
With 3.1 seconds left and the Raptors ahead by two, Pascal Siakam defended the Hornets’ sideline out-of-bounds play about as well as anyone could have hoped. He tipped the pass into the backcourt, forcing Lamb into a more difficult shot under greater time duress, and he even contested that heave well. That Lamb made it ranks right up there with crab rangoon on a ranking of the preposterous.
How difficult is hitting a 48-footer? Consider that it was only the sixth field goal made this NBA season from 48 feet out or farther, with the league as a whole shooting 1.9 percent on those attempts. Per ESPN Stats & Info, Lamb’s shot was the second-longest game-winning buzzer-beater of the past 20 years, trailing only a Tyreke Evans make from 2010-11. And this is all before accounting for the fact that Lamb’s momentum is initially going in the wrong direction and Siakam defends the shot better than probably 95 percent of near-50-footers get defended.