Over the last two games, the Los Angeles Lakers have attempted 44.5 3-pointers per game, which is 12.9 more attempts per game than their regular season average, and nine more attempts than their postseason average. However, while they’ve taken more 3-pointers over the last two games, they’ve made fewer of them, and that can be partially attributed to the play of their shooting guards, Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Green and Caldwell-Pope attempted a combined 26 3-pointers in Game 2 and 3, but they only made four between the both of them. Green has shot the wort of the pair, making jut one of his 12 3-point attempt. Those types of outings have become the norm for Green, but not for Caldwell-Pope, who’s shooting 38.5% from behind the arc in the postseason, even after Games 2 and 3.
Green and Caldwell-Pope’s shooting has been a cause for concern among Lakers fans, especially at this stage of the season, where cold shooting nights can swing a series. Frank Vogel, on the other hand, still trusts that his two starters will figure it out if they “stay the course.”
“Those guys have been fine,” Vogel said after the Lakers’ 115-104 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday. “They have been great for us all year. We have to execute as a group better. If we execute as a group better, have more intent to get higher shot quality, then those guys will be fine.”
Green and Caldwell-Pope have probably earned the benefit of the doubt because of what they’ve shown throughout their careers, but what if they can’t figure it out?
Would it be better for Vogel to roll the dice with Caldwell-Pope and Green, the latter of whom has the best plus-minus of the remaining players in the bubble, or should he run the risk of digging deeper into his bench with players like Dion Waiters and Talen Horton-Tucker? The former is probably the safest bet, but there’s little time to sit around and wait in the Finals.
Suffice to say, Vogel has work cut out for him, and that’s just at the shooting guard position. We’ll see what his solutions are in Game 4 on Tuesday.
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