Henry Abbott of TrueHoop has a back-and-forth with Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, who offers some thoughts on his team's league-leading three-point shooting and responds to a stylistic critique from TNT commentator Charles Barkley.
Charles Barkley says your success can't last because jump shooting teams can't win in the playoffs. Your thoughts?
I think that's the easy way out. I don't like the idea that Phoenix didn't win a championship and so what they did was wrong. If that's the case, then 29 teams are wrong every season.
We won in Dallas [in 2011] with a lot of shooters. San Antonio has changed their style, and shoots more 3s now. Miami has their approach. There isn't one definitive style that wins. To win a championship you have to be very good, top ten or so, in both offense and defense.
The best defenses take away the paint, and not many teams have been able to score well against teams like that. But every team can't shoot very well, because not every team has good enough shooters.
Kirk Goldsberry of Grantland.com offered a shot chart look at Portland's shooting, noting improvement from Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum.
Ultimately, the Blazers story is one of improvement. The Lillard-Batum-Matthews combination has come a long way since last year, when they were active shooters, but nowhere near as efficient as they are this season.
Thanks to these three young guns, Portland has now won nine of its last 10. As the Blazers head into Minnesota tonight, they might also be the most fun team to watch in the league. Who knows if they'll be able to keep it up, but their numbers look legit.
Portland currently ranks No. 1 in offensive efficiency, No. 1 in three-point percentage (41.5 percent) and No. 3 in three-point attempts.
Stotts laid out some of his philosophy regarding the three-point shot earlier this season.
Dane Carbaugh broke down some video on the team's three-pointers too.
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