Opening Tip: How many 3s is too many?

Every weekday morning throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip."

Today's Burning Question:Do you think the Knicks are shooting too many 3-pointers?

Often times under Mike D'Antoni, the Knicks have lived by the mantra 'live by the three, die by the three.'

We've seen them do a little of both so far this season.

They shot 5-of-20 from beyond the arc in Monday's loss to the Magic, including 3-for-13 in the second half. They missed all three of their attempts in the fourth quarter, in which they were outscored, 29-18.

Of course, 3-pointers have bailed them out as well this year [the win over Boston comes to mind].

But there's no doubt that, by and large, these Knicks are struggling from beyond the arc.

And if you heard what Carmelo Anthony had to say after Monday's game -- 'we can't shoot the ball in the ocean' -- you know that the team's struggles from 3-point range have figured prominently in their their 6-7 start.

The Knicks are hitting just 30.9 percent of their 3-point attempts [23rd in the league]. They average 23.2 per game [3rd highest in the league] and 7.3 makes [fifth highest].

Overall, they are 24th in effective field goal percentage and 22nd in offensive efficiency, hitting just 41 percent of their field goals [23rd in the league] for an average of 94 points per game.

All of this begs the question: Should the Knicks be more selective from 3-point range? Should they continue to let it fly? Should D'Antoni tell some players to reel in their attempts? What else do they need to do to get out of their offensive funk?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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