Tyronn Lue chalks up excess of blowouts to 3-point shooting

No game in Conference Finals has been closer than 13

Alex Hooper
May 21, 2018 - 7:34 pm
May 19, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard George Hill (3) defends Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier (12) during the first quarter in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The average margin of victory through six NBA Conference Finals games is 24. Both series are 2-1, and no game has finished closer than 13 points.

Considering the four top teams, technically speaking, still remain, why the large gaps?

Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue says the blowouts have surprised him, but chalked the shift up to an emphasis to the type of play that provides more, mathematically.

“I think three-point shooting,” he said. “Last game we shot 17-for-34, that’s 50 percent, and if we’re making that many threes and shooting at a high volume, it’s pretty good.”

The Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets are averaging 31.8 3-point attempts per game in the Conference Finals, and 11.1 makes.

Golden State remains the only team to win a road game in the Conference Finals entering play on Monday.

“The home court has shown it has been a factor,” Lue added. “Especially in Boston and coming here to Cleveland, where our fans were supportive in Game 3, were loud and the excitement they had.”