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How Wesley Matthews fits the Pacers offense

How Wesley Matthews fits the Pacers offense
Published On: Fri, Feb 08
Apr 6, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) celebrates making a three point shot against the Houston Rockets during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Aside from potentially occupying the same spot in the starting lineup,A Wesley MatthewsA andA Victor OladipoA dona€™t have much in common.A Speed and quickness were sappedA from the former as fast as skilled agility elevated the latter. WhereA OladipoA skips the pleasantries and cuts to the chase,A MatthewsA processes a€” waiting judiciously for when to explode around a screen or take advantage of a smaller defender on the block. He posts about as frequently as his predecessor isolates, and his predecessor hunts mismatches on the block with near to the same scarcity as he creates his own shot.

MatthewsA cana€™t replaceA Oladipo, but heA canA elevate whatA OladipoA left behind.

Herea€™s how.

Wes shoots from way downtown

The 31-year-old off-ball scoring threat is launching deep threes more frequently than ever before in his career.

Hea€™s attempted twice as many shots from 25-29 feet asA Cory JosephA and nearly 50 more thanA Tyreke Evans.

a€œAfter the injury (Mavericks assistant coach God Shammgod) and I worked on shooting threes deeper to have that become more of a rhythm for me, and a routine and a habit to extend my range,a€A MatthewsA told the mediaA during training camp of how he adjusted his game post-Achilles tear. a€œIt helps me to get more open looks because guys will be hesitant to close out two, three feet behind the line. And it helps our spacing out as well.a€

Because of his willingness to shoot from way downtown, look at where Kelly Oubrea€™s feet are on this possession.

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