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By the numbers: Wizards amid best three-point shooting stretch in franchise history

By the numbers: Wizards amid best three-point shooting stretch in franchise history

During the summer, as the Wizards moved past their second round playoff departure and on to the 2017-18 season, head coach Scott Brooks outlined a specific area he thought the team could improve on: three-point shooting. Specifically, he wanted to shoot more threes.

So far through 37 games, the Wizards are doing just that. Here is a look at their success shooting threes this season, by the numbers...

16

The Wizards made 16 threes against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. It was the 10th time in Wizards/Bullets franchise history that they have hit 16 threes in a game, but the fourth time this season and the third time in a span of just eight days.

36

The Wizards set a franchise record for attempted threes with 36 on Friday night against the Rockets and again on Sunday against the Bulls. 

30

The Wizards have attempted 30 threes or more 55 times in franchise history, but 30 of those games have happened since Brooks took over before last season. There has been a clear shift in offensive philosophy with him in charge.

9.8

The Wizards are currently averaging more made threes per game (9.8) than any other team in franchise history. If this keeps up, it would be the third straight season the Wizards have set a new franchise mark in threes made.

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26.6

The Wizards are also taking more threes per game than ever before, 26.6 of them on average. Like with threes made, the Wizards are on pace to set a new franchise record for the third straight year.

18

The Wizards have made 10 threes or more 18 times this season already. They still have plenty of work to match last year's total of 43 such games, a franchise record. But 18 games of 10 threes or more already ranks fourth in franchise history. To put that in perspective, they had just seven games of 10 threes or more in the 2014-15 season. 

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159

The Wizards made 159 threes in the month of December, tied for the second-most threes in one month in franchise history. The record is 173, set in March of last season. The other time they made 159 was January of last season.

10.2

The Wizards' increase in three-point attempts has been all about the bench. Wizards reserves are taking 10.2 threes per game compared to 7.6 last season. Three attempts from Wizards starters are actually down from 17.2 to 16.4 this year. 

33.3

The Wizards are also doing an excellent job defending threes. They are first in the NBA with a 33.3 opponents three-point percentage. Making threes on offense and stopping threes on defense is a good recipe for success in today's NBA.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened. 

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