5 Reasons Why The Cavs Are Better Than The Spurs This Season
2. Basketball Fundamentals
Two large parts of todays NBA are offensive rebounding and three point shooting. Offensive rebounding is a valuable skill for a player to have, as it allows for second chance opportunities on the offensive end. Three pointers are equally valuable because who wouldn’t want an extra point per field goal made? The Cavs are rebounding at a crazy 27.2% on the offensive end, compared to the Spurs at 23.1%.
This can be partially credited to the Cavs front court, a three headed monster of Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov, and Tristan Thompson, the latter whom is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league. The Spurs are really no match on the boards, as their leading rebounders are Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard. The Cavs also lead the Spurs in three pointers attempted per field goal attempted (3PAr), which pretty much represents shooting the three ball. The Cavs have a 3PAr of .325 to the Spurs’ .274. This can simply be explained by the Cavs arsenal of three-point shooters (Kyrie, J.R., LeBron, Love, Shumpert, Jones, Delly, and Miller). The Spurs, on the other hand, rely more heavily on the two-point field goal, as their only consistent 3-point shooters are Leonard, Ginobili, Parker, Marco Bellinelli, and Danny Green.
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