FiveThirtyEight: The Cavs really were on fire

Neil Paine and Andrew Flowers discuss the Cavs' hot shooting night in Game 2 and ask if it could continue.
2:14 | 06/17/18

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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: The Cavs really were on fire
They cows known an incredible shooting performance in game two against the law say that we have they hit 25 threes not tell me. How crazy is it. We were kind of curious as to quantifying this phenomenon of like a hot shooting night by team so we crunched some numbers we used sport EU player tracking numbers that track where everyone is in the ball is in the closest defenders proximity and all kinds of gab like that. The got to add up all of those things and apply it to every shot that the cavs took you come up with this expectation fifteen point seven makes. If today and again this gives them full credit for kind of their executions the openness of the looks that they got. And it tries to quantify how many extra makes that they had on top of that you know even after taking new account. How open they were and how hard they work for for good looks. And so you end up with nine point three extra makes which is compared to an again this only goes back to 2014 that was the first year that all they cameras were in every NBA arena. But it really is game two of the the cats hawks series and order of magnitude more impressive than the other games on that list will. Carry over to games three and four in the series are just in general is there any correlation between teams three point shooting hot list. In one game to the next unfortunately to the cavs we looked at this and we found that there was basically no relationship it's statistically indistinguishable. From zero relationship. On a game to game basis so we kind of looked at pairs of playoff games. And tried to measure whether there was a carry over in that nine point three that those extra makes that you have. From one game to the next. And again really nothing there so that's not to say that the cavs will start kind of over compensating in missing shots to kind of make up for the crazy hot night that they had again you. But it'll just say that they'll probably revert to their normal selves. Being a pretty good three point shooting team but. Not necessarily expecting them to hit Tony five again. Very interest thing. For more NBA playoff predictions and analysis and videos please check out 538 dot com.

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