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Prigioni's uptick in three-point accuracy is no accident.
Our friend Madbacker alerted me to Pablo Prigioni's newest blog post for ¡Ole!, which went up yesterday. Pablo writes (in Spanish) on several topics: He's disappointed to not have been chosen for the Rookie-Sophomore game, but understands that he doesn't play as big a role as some other rookies and might have been an unusual fit on a team of 20 year-olds anyway (that's exactly what would have made his participation fun to me, but oh well). He also talks about the trip to London (fun, but bittersweet being back in the venue where Argentina got eliminated from the Olympics) and how he's happy with his minutes and performance even since Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert returned. Pablo often comes across as pretty role-conscious in these posts, but he definitely doesn't complain.
Anyway, I'd love if someone could translate the whole thing since I'm not competent enough to do that myself. I will, however, take a stab at the last paragraph, because it lends some behind-the-scenes material to Pablo's recent excellence from behind the arc (13 for his last 20 dating back to January 11). Feel free to correct any errors in translation:
"In the last few games, I've been feeling better with threes. In the first few months, I was struggling with the distance, which is greater in the NBA, but took shooting sessions and noticed the results immediately. I've worked on shooting quickly once I catch. That means a change in mindset to be decisive when I'm open. Sometimes the game asks you to shoot, like when Carmelo Anthony is doubled, moves the ball, and leaves me unguarded. I often use a machine that passes you the ball and can be programmed according to your needs, varying the time to fine-tune your mechanics. I take 300 to 500 shots a day when we have practice. And every one gives my teammates more confidence in me and makes them perceive me as less of a rookie."
Eh? You at least get the gist, right? Either way, I love that. Pablo knows teams are leaving him open, and has taken extra measures (probably working with Dave Hopla as well) to better his chances of punishing opponents for that tactic. His ability to score from behind the arc makes the Knicks' second unit much, much more dangerous, so one can only hope he keeps it up.
<3 u, Pablo.