ESPN talking head Skip Bayless took to Twitter to troll Kevin Loveafter the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Semifinals May 8.
Their dismantling of the Hawks was demoralizing for Atlanta after it thought it could compete with Cleveland thanks to a league-best defensive rating since the All-Star break. "This team right now, they're on to something that just kind of makes them a force to be reckoned with, and they'd have to be the favorites right now, in my book".
Last year, the Cavaliers were without Love for the final three rounds after he suffered a shoulder injury, and without Irving after he injured his knee in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
That has changed, however, in these playoffs.
The Cavaliers started Game 4 fast on the offensive end of the floor, but it was the methodical approach from the Hawks that paid dividends, as they ended the first quarter with an eight-point run and took a 36-27 lead into the second period. Heck, even James, who is at.
Bayless, King Bloviator in the land of Sports Pundits, took an easy, cheap shot at Love. "I've been blessed to play with some very good shooters, but from top to bottom this roster is assembled with some dead-eye shooters".
Overall, the Cavs have improved their three-point accuracy by an even 10% since the regular season, up to 46.2%.
They shot 51 per cent from deep against the Hawks, nearly doubling the National Basketball Association playoff record for most 3-pointers in a series when a team made at least half of them. He won a 3-point shooting contest. He has averaged 9.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 31.5 minutes in 12 playoff games this season, but has recently stepped up his umbers against the Heat with averages of 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 35.7 minutes.
"The shooting has been just an incredibly high level", Budenholzer said.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James surely likes to talk about the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
There's no guarantee a similar outcome won't happen again, but solving the Cavaliers' winning formula this season should prove a tougher proposition.
At their current rate of 16.8 3-pointers made per game, Cleveland should be favored to shatter Golden State's record of 240 made triples during the 2015 postseason.