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Daniel Theis’ three-point evolution and the Celtics inability to take advantage of it so far



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Theis’ improved accuracy from deep has done that, but Boston isn’t reaping the benefits of his shooting to their fullest potential for a pair of reasons that were evident in their loss in Utah.

Boston’s top-three most used lineups that include Theis this year also include fellow center Tristan Thompson, from whom opposing defenders can – and do – sag off to clog up driving and passing lanes that Theis’ shooting helps to open up. There’s a huge difference in the room everyone has to operate when opponents have to honor Theis as a shooter, but as long as he’s tethered to Thompson, there will be limitations to the full benefits of his newfound effectiveness. Theis being a real 40% shooter would unlock all sorts of goodies for head coach Brad Stevens to experiment with.

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