The Late Game Jump Shooter is Key to Success in NBA Playoffs

May 18th, 2010 by Woodrow Bellamy III Leave a reply »
Think back to every close game you've ever seen that went down to the wire in the NBA Playoffs.  How many of those were won or lost on a fadeaway mid-range jumper or a spot on three-pointer?

The answer would be the majority of them. 

Jordan's game-winner over the Jazz in 1997, all of those crazy game-winner fadeaways by Derek Fisher, and Kobe lighting up the Orlando Magic from the field in last year's NBA Finals.

The late-game jumper is crucial to win in the NBA Playoffs, and it's probably the reason why LeBron still isn't playing.  Think about it, when he drives and gets collapsed on by three Celtics defenders, who's he going to dish it off to?

Mo Williams? Good luck. 

By the way, for those of you who aren't basketball die-hards like myself, when I say "late-game jumper," I'm referring to late-in-the-game-jump-shots.  As in, late in the fourth quarter.

The four teams left in the playoffs are all great shooting teams with great mid-range jump shooters. They all shoot over 47 percent from the field as a team, with Orlando shooting the highest at 48 percent. 

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