MIAMI — Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was disappointed Luke Babbitt shot just nine threes in Tuesday’s win over the Kings.
“I’m still waiting for him to get his 10 threes off in a game,” Spoelstra said with a smile after Thursday’s practice. “That was a major disappointment the other night.”
Since the start of training camp, Spoelstra has urged Babbitt to shoot as many open threes as he can. The 27-year-old has followed his coach’s orders for the most part, as Babbitt has scored 27 of his 30 points this season off three-pointers.
Babbitt is 9-of 24 on threes and 1-of-6 on twos this season. Of players who have played more than 10 minutes per game, Babbitt leads the NBA with 90 percent of his points coming on three-pointers.
“There is not a bad (three) for him,” Spoelstra said of Babbitt. “For other guys, yeah they have a little bit more discretion. For him, I want him having that ultra green light.”
Spoelstra won’t be satisfied until Babbitt shoots 10 threes in a game. Babbitt’s career-high for three-pointers attempted in a game is 10, when he made 2-of-10 threes against Golden State when he was with Portland on Jan. 11, 2013.
“He can’t get one more up?,” Spoelstra asked with a chuckle after Babbitt shot nine threes on Tuesday. “How many minutes do you need?”