What 2 Watch 4 - Trail Blazers Vs. Warriors

November, 23, 2013

The matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors is sure to feature plenty of three-pointers, as the two teams rank sixth and tenth, respectively, in three-point attempts per game. And few in the league are shooting those shots better than Portland's Wesley Matthews and Golden State's Klay Thompson.

Matthews' shooting is becoming one of the hottest topics in NBA circles, as the Trail Blazers have begun to received more and more national attention thanks to a nine game winning streak. The fifth year guard out of Marquette is riding the wave of one of the hottest shooting streaks ever seen in Portland, averaging 50 percent from three (a full ten percentage points higher than his career average) and 55 percent from the field (another 10 points better than his career average). He enters Saturday night's contest in Oakland having propelled the Trail Blazers the night before in come-from-behind victory against the Bulls with 28 points on 63 percent shooting from the field (12 of 19) and 50 percent shooting from three (four of eight).

What's odd is that, while most in the national media are sure Matthews' numbers will regress, there seems to be no such consensus when it comes to Thompson. Though his career three-point average is only one percentage point higher than Matthews', his 48 percent shooting from behind the arc seems to be considered an evolution more than a fluke. Perhaps that is the benefit if playing for one of the darlings of the NBA.

Wesley Matthews

  • •  Matthews' adjusted field goal percentage of 68 percent is second in the league to Atlanta's Kyle Korver
  • •  At 50 percent, Matthews is ninth in the league in three-point percentage and ninth in attempts with 74
  • •  Matthews is also rebounding at a career-high, and is tied for third among shooting guards at 4.8 boards per game

Klay Thompson

  • •  Thompson is 20th in the NBA in three-point percentage at 48 percent and has attempted 92 three-pointers, which is tied for first in the league with Portland's Damian Lillard
  • •  Thompson in eighth in the league in adjusted field goal percentage at 61 percent
  • •  Klay is the son of Mychal Thompson, who the Trail Blazers selected with the first overall pick in the 1978 NBA Draft.