During his 12-year NBA career, 7-foot-6 center Shawn Bradley shot 4 for 39 on 3 points. The Boston Celtics shot 4 for 42 on Wednesday.
After the historically miserable performance, a reporter asked Jaylen Brown if the shooting was contagious.
“Damn, I guess so,” he said. “We missed a lot of shots.
Brown himself missed 12 of his 13 3-point attempts in the Celtics’ 91-82 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, and the rest of the starters shot a combined 0 for 15. He was not unhappy, however. selection of shots.
“I thought we had a lot of open looks,” Brown said. “We moved the ball around and we had – I know they played in the zone, but we had a lot of great shots, I felt – looks wide open – and they didn’t fall.”
In one game, Boston’s 3-point percentage fell from 34 percent over the season to 33.2 percent, ranking it 24th in the league. That mark is not the fault of Grant Williams, who has shot 2 on 3 against the Clippers and has managed 46.6 percent of his 3 this season. Williams said that at times the Celtics hesitate and overthink instead of shooting with confidence.
“I think shooting is something we just have to be better at, I guess,” said Williams. “It’s one of those things where we get a lot of beauty and we just haven’t really knocked them down. I think over time they’ll come back to average.”
Brown said he tells himself and his teammates that when an open shot comes up, you have to take it.
“I know I’ve probably shot the ball the most times in my career,” said Brown, who has attempted at least 13 3s seven times in his career and attempted a career-high 19 in one. game last season. “But I had a few open shots and missed some. I missed a few shots on a field goal. I didn’t get in, but I felt they were nice. feel like my teammates had some open shots that didn’t go It’s just a shitty game. And unhappy because we wanted to come back and react after playing less well in Minnesota, but I don’t know what else to say. We didn’t manage to drop enough shots to win. “
The loss was Boston’s eighth in its last 11 games. At 16-19 years old, he is 10th in the East. Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder are part of several Celtics in health and safety protocols. Coach Ime Udoka said they got a “phenomenal” amount of 3 openings against the Los Angeles zonal defense, but lamented that they were “sloppy” in transition, not making enough progress. free throw line and gave up several offensive rebounds on a key possession in the fourth quarter.
“Several things to watch besides the shooting,” Udoka said. “No one is trying to miss a shot on purpose.”