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5 Reasons Why The Cavs Are Better Than The Spurs This Season

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4. A Younger Big 3

The offensive rating can also be explained by the personnel. The Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are 38, 32, and 37 years old, respectively, and are not getting any younger. On the other hand, the Cavs Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are 30, 22, and 26 years old, respectively. Since the Big Three for the Spurs are older than the Cavs Big Three, they sit out more often, sometimes labeled as a DNP-Rest on the box chart.

This season, the Spurs Big Three has spent only 4442 minutes on the court compared to 6416 minutes for the Cavs Big Three, according to Basketball-Reference.com. That is a huge difference of almost 2000 minutes! Not only does the constant resting of the Spurs Big Three hurt their team chemistry, but it also forces Coach Gregg Popovich to constantly change starting lineups and rotations. This lacks consistency compared to the Cavs, where players know their roles for the team and chemistry is quickly developed.

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