Scott Fowler

Quick takes: NBA playoffs a reminder how far behind Charlotte Hornets are

Watching guard Stephen Curry and the three-point crazy Golden State Warriors is a reminder of how far from that standard the Charlotte Hornets are.
Watching guard Stephen Curry and the three-point crazy Golden State Warriors is a reminder of how far from that standard the Charlotte Hornets are. AP

Scott Fowler’s quick takes on the week in sports.

▪  Basketball at its simplest is all about putting the ball in the hoop, which is why watching these NBA playoffs makes you realize how far behind the Charlotte Hornets really are in executing that simple concept.

The three-point shot has never been more important in the NBA. Of the four teams remaining in the playoffs, do you know where they all ranked in three-pointers made per game in the regular season? Top five.

Where did Charlotte rank? Tied for 26th. Even more telling, the Hornets had the worst three-point percentage in the NBA (31.8).

That’s why there is no doubt what the Hornets must do with the No. 9 pick in the 2015 draft – find a shooter. No more big-man projects. No more “Well, he might be able to shoot the corner three in a couple of years.”

It has to be a shooter, first and foremost – someone like Kentucky’s Devin Booker.

▪  I liked the NFL changing the extra point rules, moving the ball back from the 2 to the 15-yard line. I liked even more the idea that the defense can score two points on either a blocked extra point or a turnover on a two-point conversion.

NFL coaches will need a whole new chart for this. For instance, after scoring a go-ahead touchdown with five seconds to go up 23-21, would it be worth kicking the extra point and taking the risk of a block and return? Or should you just take a knee?

There’s no doubt someone will make the wrong call or miss a key block and it will affect the outcome of a game within the first two weeks of the season, which will be fun.

▪  I think American Pharoah is going to win the Triple Crown on June 6 at the Belmont Stakes.

▪  If you are so uptight that you are criticizing Stephen Curry for bringing his daughter Riley to the postgame news conference – yes, I’m looking at you, Skip Bayless – then you need to take Riley’s advice during that very news conference and “Be quiet!”

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