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Nov 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) hug before the tip off at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Cavs Big 3 Shot Chart Is Amazing and Interesting

Everyone knew bringing LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving together as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new Big 3 would make for a ton of excitement. It is hard to fathom the type of offensive firepower that Cavs fans will get to see out on the floor night in and night out. Pick and rolls, pick and pops, fast breaks, moving without the ball and so many more things.

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and so it is with this picture pulled from Grantland:

Behind the arc the 3 players coldest area was from the right wing, at 33% which is not a terrible mark. 40% from the left wing and 45% from the left corner is just darn right scary for opposing teams. Obviously, especially with LeBron, that dark red area near the hoop is a pretty hot spot as well at 65%. Yet the difference in shot attempts from the left side of the court and the right side of the court is pretty telling. Since all 3 players percentages are lower, except mid range elbow jumpers, on the right side than the left, the players also took less shots from the area.

It is almost as if these 3 players are intelligent enough to know where they play well from and minimize the areas they play less well in. Compare 453 attempts from the left wing 3 to 235 on the right. 408 left side mid range baseline shots compared to 251 from the opposite side of the floor. That does bring up spacing issues if all 3 players tend to excel from the left side of the basket. Fear the Sword and Foley noted 2 players, one currently on the Cavs and one rumored to be possibly coming, that could help balance the floor because Dion Waiters is a left side guy as well:

So you can bet you will see Miller posted up over on the right side of the hoop pretty often to give the Cavs more spacing. If Allen chooses to join the fun then on some occasions the Cavs could run a 2 man game on the left side, with the other member of the Big 3 posted up in the corner while Miller and Allen man the corner and wing spots on the 3 point line. Talk about causing headaches for the defense!

There will be tons of time for celebrating, and we plan to bring them all to you. Soon we will bring you information from other Big 3 eras and what the Cavs can do to help the cohesion process.

Until then enjoy the idea of the Left Side Big 3 dominating from all areas of the floor, especially in the paint near the rim. Fun to think about.

What is one area of the Cavs’ Big 3 that has you most excited?

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