No threes, please
Other than LeBron James, the Cavaliers live off and rely on the three-pointer. Like every other LeBron Cavs team, when they are hitting the deep ball they are unstoppable. Kevin Love can look like prime Dirk when he’s on. Kyle Korver can look like the best shooter that’s ever lived. Role guys like JR Smith, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill can kill teams if they get hot.
The Celtics knew this and shut things down. Like I mentioned earlier, everybody was closing out and making sure there were no open looks from deep. Off the top of my head, I can only remember 3 or 4 wide open threes the Cavs got. The Celtics were making sure they wouldn’t get killed by the three ball.
It showed on the stat sheet as well. When the final buzzer sounded, the Cavs had shot 4 for 26 from three, or 15 percent. For a team that averaged 11 makes on 35 percent from three coming in, this will almost certainly not continue. But it is a great sign for Game 1. If the Cavs shoot even half as bad as they did in Game 1, the Celtics are looking good.