The 3-point shot is the deadliest shot in the NBA. The Celtics haven't been one on the better shooting teams in the NBA, despite having Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry who rank 6th and 4th respectively on the all time 3-pointers made list. On the season, the Celtics rank 21st in 3-point field goal percentage at 35.4%, and are ranked 23rd in the NBA in 3-pointers made at 6, but recently, the 3-point shooting has picked up.
The hot shooting seems to have started in the month of February, when the Celtics shot 37.9% from 3-point range, ranking them 10th in the NBA in that category. The Celtics also managed to make just over 7 threes a game during their 12 games in the month of February, which ranked them 15th in the NBA.
The good shooting has carried over into the month of March where the Celtics actually lead the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage at 43.3%. The Celtics are still only making just over 7 threes a game, so they're still ranked 15th in 3-point makes, but they also rank 28th in the NBA in 3-point attempts in the month of March.
The main culprits responsible for the hot shooting are none other than Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry who have seemed to find their stroke from long range in the month of March. Both Pierce and Terry have made half of their 3-point attempts this month, and it just goes to show, that these old men still got it. Avery Bradley has also began taking better shots, and has made 53.3% of his 3-pointers this month.
I hope the Celtics can keep this up, because the 3-point shot is too deadly a weapon to sleep on. The 3-point shot can close a big a gap fast as well as open one up. The Celtics have good 3-point shooters. Courtney Lee has been up and down with his 3-point shot, just the same as Jordan Crawford, but if the veterans can keep the defense honest by consistently hitting their shots, the younger guys will have better floor spacing, and easier 3-point shot attempts.
Oh, and the Heat like to shoot threes also, so there's that as well.