NBA.com: Appreciating (or not) Toronto's lengthy 3-point streak
Old 03-01-2010, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Obviously, this isn't Joe DiMaggio facing the pressure to hit in 56 in a row -- any streak that can be kept alive by any of 12 teammates doesn't pack nearly the same urgency. Then there's the whimsy of it and the streak's apparent lack of correlation with things that really matter. Like winning basketball games.

Since their streak began, the Raptors have gone 423-495. They have ranked as high as second (twice) in 3-point percentage and as low as 19th, so 3-point excellence hasn't exactly been their calling card. As recently as Sunday, when they shot a respectable 6-of-15 at Oklahoma City, they got smacked overall by the Thunder 119-99.

That suggests the streak is more of a quirk, a fluke, a difference without a distinction. Consider, using baseball for perspective again, that the MLB team that has gone the longest without being the victim of a no-hitter -- the equivalent of getting at least one of something in every game -- is the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs haven't gone hitless since Sandy Koufax stymied them with a perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965. But it's not like the Cubs have done much of significance overall, team-wise, in the nearly 45 years since then.

Maybe that explains the lack of enthusiasm with which the Raptors have treated their three streak.

"After our last game, I didn't even know,'' rookie DeMar DeRozan said at the All-Star break. "I don't think nobody knew. Because Bryan Colangelo brought it up after our game, after Sonny Weems hit the first three of that game [Feb. 10]. We were like, 'What's the big deal?'

"We didn't know what was a big deal about it. We were winning. He hit the three. A couple of people reacted. We were like, `Why?' We were up by like 20. It wasn't because of the lead, it had to be something else. After the game, I found out -- there was a streak going on. I was like, 'That's crazy.' "

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The streak is more than 10 years old now, which means that it has been around longer than your iPod or any commercially available hybrid car.

Toronto shooters have made 5,505 3-pointers during the streak, an average of six per game.

The streak has passed through 10 arenas no longer in use in the NBA.

The Raptors have held opponents three-less eight times during their streak.

Five NBA teams have gone oh-fer from the arc at least once this season alone.

The streak has been helped along most by former Raptor Morris Peterson, who accounted for 801 3-pointers during its life. Vince Carter chipped in 551 and Andrea Bargnani tops current Raptors with 395 3-pointers during the streak.

The closest the streak has come to ending was on Nov. 29, 2006, when reserve guard Darrick Martin hit Toronto's only 3-pointer with just 0.5 seconds left in a 117-98 loss at Dallas. The Raptors had missed their first five that night, and Martin's last-second fling was vividly recalled by the team's media relations director, Jim LaBumbard.

"Dallas was right behind us in this thing [3-point streak]," LaBumbard said. "Darrick is dribbling out the clock and we hadn't hit one yet. So he just fires one off-balance, and it goes in. With five-tenths of a second to go, something ridiculous like that. It goes in and I'm standing there, and all of a sudden you hear the Dallas announcers go, "Noooo! That's our record now! He hit the three!" They were upset about it. It was classic."

Turns out the Mavericks are right behind Toronto in this, hitting at least one 3-pointer in 916 consecutive games now. So the record has some real live competition going for it, even if it's not as compelling as an overtime Finals game. Or, on some nights, watching paint dry.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I didn't know Dallas was right behind us and Martin's shot had that extra significance
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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they are like 10 games behind us
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well then you can say its more ridiculous that Dallas people care about their streak
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:35 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Why don't we pick up Peterson? He can't be happy in NOH getting 16 minutes and popping 5 points a game. He's a little old but he's good.
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Mo's been done for about two years.
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Old 03-01-2010, 02:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Why don't we pick up Peterson? He can't be happy in NOH getting 16 minutes and popping 5 points a game. He's a little old but he's good.
Lets trade PoB or Banks for Mo-pete back; yes he may be old but I miss his plays. Imagine Mo-Pete+Jack+Wright combo drools; well we need a better SG and everyone will welcome him back ^_^
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