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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: What changes should the Wizards make to shake things up?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: What changes should the Wizards make to shake things up?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller took a deep dive into changes the Wizards could make following their lopsided loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Should they bench a starter? Or make a trade? All the different scenarios were discussed.

Chase and Chris took fan questions from Twitter and shared what they would do to shake things up for the Wizards.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Wizards have had major trouble in revenge games this season

Wizards have had major trouble in revenge games this season

The Wizards have had several games this season where they had every reason to be extra motivated from a previous loss, but have fallen remarkably short in the rematch.

It happened again on Wednesday night. The Wizards travelled into Charlotte to see the 18-25 Hornets who beat them in overtime back on Nov. 22 in the same building. It was an opportunity for the Wizards to right a wrong and buck the narrative of their season. In most years the odds of a team with Charlotte's record beating the Wizards not once but twice are slim, yet here we are. The Wizards didn't just lose to Charlotte, they got blasted by 29 points.

This was the case recently against the Utah Jazz. The Wizards had lost by 47 points in Utah on Dec. 4, a defeat so bad head coach Scott Brooks remarked how wins should be taken off their record as punishment. Before their rematch on Jan. 10 in D.C., the phrase '47 pts' was written on the locker room white board. Clearly someone was motivated from that loss, but not enough to help prevent a letdown in the rematch. Despite missing Rudy Gobert, their best player, the Jazz still beat the Wizards.

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The worst case of this trend has to be in December when they saw the Brooklyn Nets twice in just over a week. The Nets topped the Wizards on Dec. 12 by five points despite missing several key players due to injury. Just 10 days later the Wizards had a chance to get the Nets back and prove it was an aberration, yet they instead got obliterated by 35 points by the very same team.

Wednesday night's loss to the Hornets showcased the worst traits of their 2017-18 season so far. They lost to a losing team and are now just 12-10 against opponents with sub-.500 records. Those 10 losses match the Hawks and Mavericks for the most in the NBA.

The Wizards' defensive effort was questionable at best and Brooks was rightfully displeased. They allowed 77 points in the first half, a franchise record for the Hornets and the most the Wizards have surrendered in any half since Dec. of 2006.

"They wooped our a--," guard John Wall said.

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The Hornets are a below average team at shooting threes, yet they went off for 15-for-31 (48.4%) against the Wizards. Dwight Howard dominated them in the paint and, as has been the case far too often lately, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris disappeared.

Why the Wizards haven't been able to respond against these teams they are much better than on paper is a real mystery. Even when the Wizards are embarrassed by a team, they aren't able to punch back.

Though we're still months away, this will have to be fixed before the playoffs. A seven-game postseason series is all about making adjustments and issuing counters.

There are still dozens of games left in the regular season and a game in January can only mean so much, as these are the dog days of the 82 game schedule. But the Wizards aren't showing the resolve we're used to seeing from them and it's not easy to explain.

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