three-point line


Definition of three-point line

: a line on a basketball court forming an arc at a set distance (such as 22 feet) from the basket beyond which a field goal counts for three points

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Notre Dame was led by Felix Buroz who was an offensive juggernaut from the three-point line as well as inside the paint with his penetrating drives to the basket. Emmett Hall,, "Fighting Irish topple undefeated Wolverines for CCO championship," 5 Sep. 2019 If that foe is a gifted shooter, the defender must then run his opposition off the three-point line. Jake Fischer,, "Michael Porter Jr. Wants to Be the NBA's Next Big Gap-Year Success," 13 July 2019 But questions about his ability to score efficiently still define his reputation around the NBA, which only grew stronger after a disastrous season behind the three-point line. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Kyle Kuzma says it’s fun ‘playing the right way’ with Team USA," 13 Aug. 2019 Teams will ignore him on the three-point line, and Westbrook’s affinity for pull-up twos are the antithesis of the Rockets’ offense. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Rockets' Trade for Russell Westbrook Reeks of Desperation," 11 July 2019 Brogdon, a former rookie of the year, was coming off his best NBA season putting up elite 50-40-90 shooting splits from the field, three-point line and free-throw line. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Middleton, Lopez, Hill set to return to Bucks on long-term deals and another Lopez is signed; Brogdon traded to Pacers," 30 June 2019 The junior forward will try to improve while also adjusting to a new three-point line at 22 feet, 1¾ inches. Stephen Means,, "Ohio State basketball’s Kyle Young is using the summer to improve on his offensive skillset," 20 June 2019 Because of the rules, the three-point line, the caliber of shooting. Andrew Sharp,, "Canada's Other Success Story: R.J. Barrett is Ready to Take Center Stage," 18 June 2019 Langford’s stock slipped after a subpar shooting season (27.2 percent from the three-point line and 72 percent free throw shooting), but he was played with an injured hand., "NBA mock draft 2019: Pelicans trade No. 4 pick after Anthony Davis deal; Blazers grab a Tar Heel and former Oregon Duck Bol Bol’s strong ‘pro day’ boosts his stock," 18 June 2019

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1977, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of three-point line

basketball : a curved line on a basketball court that is a set distance (such as 22 feet) from the basket and beyond which successful shots count for three points

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