Mark and I talked about the Cavs successes, all the potential 1st round sweeps, the Warriors’ second gear, the epic Spurs/Clippers series, and more.
A close look at the playoff stats so far and two things stands out about the Cavs/Celtics.
1.) Over the last 20 games of the regular season, the Celtics were the 3rd best team in the league at running guys off the 3 point line. Despite that, the Cavs have made 32 3s in 3 games, which is topped by only Chicago (38) and Golden State (34). It’s worth noting that both of those teams have played more minutes than the Cavs due to overtimes.
2.) Over the last 20 games of the regular season, the Celtics were the 10th best team in the league at preventing offensive rebounds for opponents (or, corralling defensive rebounding opportunities). They’ve not fared well against the Cavs. Led by Tristan Thompson, snatcher of 14 offensive boards, the good guys are second (Golden State) in offensive rebound rate in the playoffs, sporting a .299 mark (about 30% of the Cavs’ missed shots are being secured for 2nd chance opportunities).
The made 3s and the offensive rebounds are what has separated (on paper) the Cavs and the Celtics.