Celtics-Bobcats: In the Bonus
LESS IS MORE
Eleven percent of Jared Sullinger's shots this season are elbow jumpers, down from 16 percent a year ago, and he's upped his shooting percentage to an NBA-best 73.3 percent compared to just 47.2 percent last season.
Jeff Green's scoring has been down the last seven games in part because he's taking more wing three-pointers, his worst zone on the floor percentage wise. He's shooting 30 percent on wing threes this season compared to top-of-the-key threes and corner threes where he's connecting on 37.5 and 47.1 percent, respectively.
SECOND HALF SLUMP
The first half of games have been good to Jeff Green. The second half? Not so much. The reason is clear. Too many second-half threes (34.6 percent of his shots in the second half compared to 22.8 in the first) and not enough twos (34.6 percent of his shots in the second half compared to 44.6 in the first).
Al Jefferson is shooting 24 percent on mid-range shots this season, and yet 47 percent of his shots are mid-range jumpers. Do the math, Al. It doesn't add up to success for you or your team.
RUNNING ON EMPTY
Gerald Henderson is another one who is not playing to his strengths. He's shooting more two-point jumpers this year (it represents about 70 percent of his shots compared to 60 last year) despite having a better shooting percentage on threes, dunks and lay-ups.
SHOOTING BLANKS 2.0
When it comes to getting easy points via the fast break, the Bobcats aren't doing themselves any favors. They rank among the NBA's worst in fast break efficiency (1.61) and are below the league average in every fast break shooting category.