Wizards' historically brutal 3-point defense

Wizards' historically brutal 3-point defense
April 11, 2013, 4:00 pm
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It's obvious the Wizards 3-point defense requires a major tune-up after the way both the New York Knicks and Miami Heat drained long shots with frightful regularity over the past two games. Surrendering 37 shots from beyond the arc in two games, talk about your stinkers.

When viewed from an historical context, the brutal numbers take on even more pungency.

Since the 1985-86 season, the Wizards/Bullets franchise allowed at least 17 3-point field goals in a game six times, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

Two of those instances have occurred since Tuesday and three this season.

The Knicks' 20 baskets from beyond the arc topped the list as New York topped Washington 120-99. The Heat's 17 shots from 3-point range -- none by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh -- on Wednesday also made the short, short list.

Stating the obvious after the 103-98 setback against the Heat, Washington's third straight loss, Wizards coach Randy Wittman said, “Defensively, the last three games haven’t been very good. [Other teams] are shooting the ball well against us. That’s something that happened tonight, as it did last night.”

It's also something that happened in February when the Houston Rockets drained 19 3-pointers in a Wizards 105-103 victory. Yet overall Washington has been one of the top teams defending the arc, ranking ninth in the NBA by allowing opponents to shoot 34.8 percent from distance.

Not that Wittman or the players are looking for excuses, but facing the 3-point firing Knicks and a Miami team left with essentially only long-range bombers on consecutive nights in this context is bad luck. History does not care about such details.

(h/t @craigstouffer)