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Bonner's post-season question


This is more of a question than providing any new information. It seems like consensus has finally formed that Mr. BonBon struggles in the post season. We have all seen the numbers, and more importantly, watched the games. Clearly he is not the same during the post-season.

One of the popular arguments to explain his post-season struggles is his slow release mechanics and the fact that during post-season play, defenses sharpen up and quicken. By the time Bonner finishes "shooting" the other team is already completing a fast break score at the other end (pardon the exaggeration). My question is then, if Bonner is missing because he is covered, isn't he then having the same beneficial effect as when he makes the shot? Specifically, drawing a big out of the paint and opening things up for the other 4 players? Is there anyways we can test this hypothesis? I have a few ideas but I am wondering if anyone has other ideas as well.

An alternative and much more damning hypothesis is that Bonner is covered tightly during the regular season but, during postseason, teams are happy to leave him open to shoot his 3s and he still misses them. In that case, all benefits of Matty being on the floor disappear. Defenses stop respecting the Bonner threat and leave him open accepting whatever damage he rarely makes.

What is it Pounders? Is Bonner missing wide open shots in the playoffs and any additional research on the matter is futile? Or is he missing tightly contested shots and the additional statistical research is warranted?

This is fan-created content on PoundingtheRock.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff at Pounding the Rock.

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