A year ago, Steve Blake recorded the second-lowest shooting clip of his career from beyond the arc at 33.5 percent … but after a terrific shooting season in 2012-13, it proved to be an abnormality.
Particularly in the last month of the season, the 6-foot-3 combo guard caught fire from distance.
For the year, Blake shot 42.1 percent from deep, which tied for 13th in the NBA.
Injuries to key rotation players thrust Blake into playing more minutes, and a greater role on the offensive end (11.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists from March 13-April 17). During the last half of March, he averaged nearly 31 minutes with Kobe Bryant (sprained ankle) and Metta World Peace (torn meniscus) sitting out a combined five games. In April, that figure increased to 39 minutes, with Blake starting at point guard in the final eight regular-season contests with Steve Nash (hamstring/hip/back issues) sidelined.
In a 17-game span from March 13-April 17, he drilled 45 of 103 three-pointers, a 43.7 clip.
Below is a breakdown and a shot chart of his attempts from various parts of the perimeter:
- Left corner three-pointer: 6 for 23 (26.1 percent)
- Right corner three-pointer: 10 for 15 (66.7 percent)
- Above the break three-pointer: 29 for 64 (45.3 percent)
*All information used is courtesy of NBA.com/stats.