The Dallas Mavericks were dominated by the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. They pulled the plug on the game with 9:54 left in the fourth quarter trailing by 22 points. At that point, the Mavs were shooting just 44.9 percent from the field and had hit eight of 28 from 3-point range. It was an off night, but is there something more there?
On the Bally Sports Southwest broadcast, Mark Followill noted that the Mavericks are 31-0 this season when they have a better 3-point shooting percentage than their opponent. Is it that simple for Dallas? Just make threes and win the game?
Should fans be worried that the Mavs are too reliant on threes? Luka Doncic is one of the best players in the league at creating open looks, but will an off shooting night sink them in the playoffs? Let us take a closer look.
Are the Dallas Mavericks too reliant on 3-point shooting?
The Mavs take 38 3-pointers per game this season, which ranks sixth in the NBA. They are up to 36.1 percent and sit 18th in the league in percentage.
Dallas loves to shoot threes and their winning percentage boils down to making their shots. The Mavericks are 16-5 when they shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range. If they connect on under 32 percent, Dallas is 3-16. The NBA is a “make-or-miss league”, but that is even more important with the influx of 3-pointers. The Mavericks are the prime example of why.
Are the Dallas Mavericks too reliant on 3-point shots this season?
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