Live by the Three, Die by the Three?

They’re draining threes everywhere. We’ve seen that at certain points in the past, but right now, everyone’s hitting. The Knicks have hit 30-of-63 three-pointers for a wild 47 percent rate, and seven different guys have hit at least one. (And five have hit at least four.) Obviously, that rate of success can’t continue, but it’s not a total fluke either: These shots have been open because the Knicks are making the right passes to get them open.

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Brian DiMenna

There’s been some concern about the sustainability of the Knicks’ three-point shooting in the early going, but I tend to agree with Will Leitch in the above. The Knicks’ haven’t merely been jacking up long-range bombs as we’ve seen in years past, where at times off-balance heaves seemed to be an actual staple of the offense, but rather the Knicks have been shooting well from outside because they’ve generally been moving the ball effectively and finding open shooters.

Similarly, they had little trouble adjusting in the second half against Philadelphia on Sunday when the threes weren’t dropping. One area of offensive improvement I’ve particularly enjoyed is the Knicks have been less likely to force the ball to Carmelo Anthony when he’s posting up regardless of the circumstances, but rather have used the considerable attention he draws to find other open teammates for easier buckets. Just another little benefit to the improved point guard play we’ve all been appreciating so far.

But the three-pointers concern strikes me a little like the “Are the Yankees hitting too many home runs?” debate from the baseball season. In the end, the problem for the Yanks had a lot more to do with NOT hitting home runs as opposed to hitting too many, and if the big question you’re asking is, “Are we making too many three-pointers?” you know things are going pretty well.

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