The Raptors 2020 NBA Playoffs run came to an end on Friday after they fell to the Celtics in a tightly contested Game 7. Pascal Siakam, who produced 14.9 points per game against Boston, shot a paltry 12.5 percent from beyond the arc over those seven contests. That futility from distance placed him at the bottom of an unsavory list that included a pair of familiar faces.
ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry put Siakam’s struggles into context by highlighting a list of the worst three-point shooting performances that spanned an entire series. The Raptors forward now sits at the bottom of the list—a move that shifted Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard into the third-worst position.
Lowest 3P% In A Playoff Series - NBA History*— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) September 12, 2020
1. Pascal Siakam, 2020 ... 12.5%
2. Jason Kidd, 2004 ........ 14.7%
3. Dame Lillard, 2015 ........16.1%
*min. 30 3PA, 691 qualifying performances pic.twitter.com/JVsd95fFzL
Lillard’s rough series occurred in the 2015 postseason in a five-game tilt against the Grizzlies—LaMarcus Aldridge’s final stint with the Blazers. Against Memphis, the former Weber State standout connected on just five of his 31 three-point attempts. It is worth noting that, despite his shooting troubles, he still averaged 21.6 points per game in that series against the Grizzlies.
In the 2016 NBA Playoffs, Lillard’s three-point shooting bounced back in a big way. In a run that included 11 postseason outings (six against the Clippers, five against the Warriors), Lillard shot a solid 39.3 percent from distance—a postseason career-high for him until this year.
Chin up, Siakam. Lillard proved that one bad series does not define your output for an entire career.