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Celtics can score, but not from deep

Jeff Green leads the Celtics in scoring so far this season.

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A main beef with the Celtics (1-2) heading into the 2014-15 season was that they didn’t have enough players who could shoot the ball well from the outside.

Through three games, that prediction seems to have been spot on. While the C’s love to shoot 3’s – they have shot 26.0 per game so far, tied for seventh in the league – they’re not exactly good at it. Their percentage from beyond the deep stripe is a paltry .256, the 25th worst mark in the NBA. That is mostly due to the C’s horrific shooting night in Houston last Saturday night, when they went 1-for-25 from 3-point range. Things went a bit better two nights later against the Mavs as the green hit 11-of-31 from deep.

This is not to say that Boston can’t score. The C’s are averaging 108.0 points per game so far this season, the third best mark in the league. Jeff Green is leading the way, scoring-wise, pumping in 23.0 points per game with Avery Bradley (17.7 ppg) and Jared Sullinger (13.7 ppg) also getting the job done offensively.

The Celtics get back to work Wednesday at TD Garden when they will host the Raptors (7:30 p.m., CSNNE). Toronto won its first two games of the season, beating Atlanta and Orlando, before falling to Miami Sunday.

 
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