Why are all the NBA Playoff games like this?

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I really wish there was an actual way to limit all of this 3 point chucking and bring some strategy into basketball, cause you just have every player in the league now throwing up these low percentage shots and it does kill the flow and excitement of a game.

It will never happen, but the league should limit the 3 point shots for a team to something like 32/game, and anything after that just counts as a 2 pointer no matter where you hit the shot from. This would bring some actual coaching to teams who will only have their actual good-great 3 point shooters to shoot. (The LOWEST 3 point attempts/game this season was the Bulls at 28.6/game, and overall in the league, 3's were hit at a 35% clip.) Its just not fun basketball to watch.

Either that, or combine that with something someone said earlier, once a team hits that number of attempts, then the 3 would now be a risk/reward shot. After those 32 attempts, every made 3 still counts as 3, but each missed one loses a point. Im just throwing stuff at the wall, because there is really no good solution, but these games arent exciting to watch. Something has to change.
 

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I really wish there was an actual way to limit all of this 3 point chucking and bring some strategy into basketball, cause you just have every player in the league now throwing up these low percentage shots and it does kill the flow and excitement of a game.

It will never happen, but the league should limit the 3 point shots for a team to something like 32/game, and anything after that just counts as a 2 pointer no matter where you hit the shot from. This would bring some actual coaching to teams who will only have their actual good-great 3 point shooters to shoot. (The LOWEST 3 point attempts/game this season was the Bulls at 28.6/game, and overall in the league, 3's were hit at a 35% clip.) Its just not fun basketball to watch.

Either that, or combine that with something someone said earlier, once a team hits that number of attempts, then the 3 would now be a risk/reward shot. After those 32 attempts, every made 3 still counts as 3, but each missed one loses a point. Im just throwing stuff at the wall, because there is really no good solution, but these games arent exciting to watch. Something has to change.
Kill the sideline 3 and move arch back
 

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Three point shooting+in game adjustments made game to game
 

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They STILL haven't understood, after all these years, that GS has always relied a lot on driving to the basket and mid-range jumpshots. The whole "GS only shoots 3s" is one of those myths that strangely haven't died yet.


Because "they're all copying Golden State" is the myth that won't die. This was never about Golden State. The increase in threes started before Golden State was even good (the jump started in 2013 and has continued very evenly since then), and it's never mimicked Golden States game.

Teams can't copy Golden State because they don't have Golden State's players. They don't have Steph, Klay, or Draymond (or KD). Those players have unique skill sets that allowed them to have the success that they had.

The increase in threes is driven primarily by analytics, and most driven by squads like Houston who began ramping up their threes in 2012. Not by Golden State.
 

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Blowouts in 1995 playoffs:

Spurs over Nuggets: 122-96
Blazers over Suns: 129-102
Sonics over Lakers: 96-71
Rockets over Jazz: 140-126
Rockets over Jazz: 123-106
Magic over Celtics: 124-77
Knicks over Cavs: 103-79
Bulls over Hornets: 103-80
Suns over Rockets: 130-108
Suns over Rockets: 118-94
Rockets over Suns: 118-85
Knicks over Pacers: 96-77
Spurs over Rockets: 103-81
Rockets over Spurs: 111-85
Pacers over Magic: 123-96
Magic over Pacers: 105-81

Was it the 3-point shot that caused this ? :jbhmm:

Theses nikkas are lucky that they played before the internet existed. Trash ass era :umad:


I mean low-key 1995 was the year they shortened the three-point line and the # of three-point attempts increased vastly as a result. So yeah.

Mid-90s teams also shot the ball like trash since 6 expansion teams had been added in the previous 7 years, diluting talent a lot, so that's a factor.


Notice that 10 of the 16 games you listed involved either Houston or Orlando. In 1995 Houston was Hakeem + Drexler/shooters and Orlando was Shaq/Grant with Penny and shooters. They both reached the Finals by spamming threes, and in the Finals in just 4 games Houston was 37-92 on threes and Orlando was 41-118 on threes, destroying previous records for 3pt shots in Finals games. In the first game of that series Horry, Kenny Smith, and Nick Anderson all took 10+ threes in the game and both teams shot 30+ threes for the first time in NBA history.
 
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