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Daily Digits: Getting revenge against Toronto starts behind the arc

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Toronto Raptors v Washington Wizards - Game Six Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we take a look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add some context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.

Today’s stat is the 3-point percentage the Wizards allowed in their first-round playoff loss to the Raptors last season, which was...

41%

As we noted earlier this month, Washington had a pretty solid 3-point defense throughout most of last season, but it didn’t hold up in the playoffs against Toronto. Even though the Wizards shot 38.7 percent against the Raptors in the playoffs, they couldn’t keep up in terms of efficiency or volume.

Washington held the Heat to a respectable 12-of-35 from downtown in the season opener, but Miami isn’t loaded with shooters like Toronto. The Raptors shot over 42 percent from deep in their season opener against Cleveland and shot 37 percent in their win over Boston on Friday. Saturday’s game should give us a much better sense of where the Wizards’ 3-point defense stands early in the season.