Why the Warriors’ attack against the Celtics can be unlocked by mid-range jumpers

BOSTON – As the Warriors look for solutions against the Boston Celtics’ defense, going old school may be the answer even for Friday night’s series in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Jordan Bull went into a Game 3 loss on Wednesday at the 3:48 mark in the first quarter with the Warriors dropping 26-11, hoping for any kind of offensive spark. In the Warriors’ second offensive possession after entering the game, Paul exited Kevin Looney’s screen over the top of the arc, slashed one to his right, dribbled and dragged him.

His shot hit the front of the ledge. Right operation, wrong result.

Regardless of the year, as long as Steph Curry and Klay Thompson remain at the Warriors, Golden State will be known for their three-point prowess. Poole, or “Kid Splash,” only adds the entry into the fight to that narrative. Sure, taking shots from a distance never hurts and it would be a welcome sight to return to the winning column.

Going back in time and making use of the mid-range jump shot seems to be a better remedy.

“Yes, just being able to take is what defense gives us,” Paul said Thursday when asked if the mid-range match could help him and the others attack. ‚ÄúSome of the big characters are deeper than others, and some are just a little bit higher.

“Being able to be aggressive and also get to the edge is something that can help.”

The Celtics’ top men play a lot of cover up the Warriors, looking to capitalize on the length on their wings and invite the challenge in the paint. This also leaves the midrange open a few times more.

In the regular season, the Warriors made 10 mid-range attempts per game and shot 39.1 percent. During qualifying, that number increased to 11.1 attempts and a cut of 46.9 percent. And against the Celtics, they now put in 12.7 midrange players per game and make 50 percent of them.

Even in their last loss two nights ago, the Warriors went 8 for 14 in mid-range shots. The most and the funniest.

While the Warriors shot 39.1 percent of their mid-range distance in the regular season, they converted 43.8 percent of their shots into the non-restricted paint area. Those success rates turned against the Celtics. They only convert 33.3 percent of their chances to paint, the unrestricted area.

Boston blocked seven shots Wednesday night and the Warriors have now hit 20 times in three games. The Roberts Williams Center has 10 of those blocks. Lean ball exercises and soft floats – these things won’t work. They haven’t stayed yet, and these finals won’t last no matter how long.

“You just have to be aware of where he is,” Andrew Wiggins said on Thursday when asked about playing hard against Williams. “When he’s around the edge, you can’t go up quietly. He’s really good at blocking shots and protecting the edge. You have to be smart about the things you do around the edge.”

Down 15 points and looking to go up again, Wiggins did exactly what he’s talking about with Williams. He didn’t try to get around it, he just tried to be shy. He attacked and punched his body at Williams, putting his left shoulder in his chest and earning a foul call while trying to throw the ball.

If the Warriors want more success against Williams, Wiggins and the others should remember that play. If they want to go forward more offensively and find their rhythm, Paul and the others should remember his first shot attempt from the last game, even though the results are not what he wanted.

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Paul takes 55 percent of his mid-range shots in playoffs. Curry is just behind him at 51.9 percent, followed by Wiggins at 48.5 percent and Thompson at 47 percent.

Frank Rijkaard and Mitch Martin didn’t appear Friday night at TD Garden, but the Warriors are back in their old-school ways with their mid-range game against the Celtics’ star defense.

They can’t stop now.

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