Nets struggle with 3s in playoffs

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- From March 1 to the end of the regular season, the Brooklyn Nets led the NBA in 3-point makes (263) and shot 38.5 percent from beyond the arc -- tied for fifth-best percentage in the league over that span.

But during the playoffs, those numbers have dropped drastically. In their first four games against the Toronto Raptors, the Nets have shot just 25 percent from 3-point range (22-for-88). Breaking that down further, Brooklyn is 6-for-19 on corner 3s (31.6 percent) and 16-for-68 on above the break 3s (23.5 percent).

3-point splits

It is not as though all of those shots have been bad shots. Far from it. Many of them have been wide-open shots -- shots the Nets usually make. They just haven’t gone in.

Yet Paul Pierce does bring up an interesting point.

“I think a lot of the shots that we are getting are good shots, but I just think when you look at the tape, a lot of those shots we are taking are drivable plays,” Pierce said. “So we’ve just got to do a better job of understanding when to take those shots and when to be aggressive.”

The Nets are shooting 52.5 percent from 2-point range in the series (107-for-204).

“I feel good out there. I could be shooting the 3-ball out there a little bit better,” Pierce said. “But my whole focus is being competitive, being a better rebounder for this team, doing the things that I know is going to help this team alongside my scoring. Playing better defensively on Amir Johnson. I can’t let him have those big games like he did last game.”

The Raptors have shot equally poorly from behind the arc in the series -- 27.3 percent (23-for-88).

“Everybody is guarding each other and the 3-point shot,” Kevin Garnett said. “Obviously 3s hurt you as you saw in the Pacers game, so we are trying to defend it and they are defending us. So it is all about who gets them off and is able to create opportunity for the next guy, but more importantly staying aggressive.”

• Alan Anderson missed Tuesday’s practice with a sore groin, but Nets coach Jason Kidd doesn’t expect him to miss Game 5.