Entering the Eastern Conference Finals, we thought a lot of things that have proven to be incorrect. Or I did, at least.
I thought the Cavaliers were going to win in six games. They still could, of course, but watching the series has changed my mind to think it will be Celtics in seven.
The other big thing was that it was LeBron James, Kevin Love and nobody else. Through two rounds, that seemed generally correct.
So, it seemed that if you let LeBron get his points and focus on the other guys, you'd be all set. Yet, the other guys have gotten their points here and there this postseason, and that's why, after four games, Kyle Korver is actually a talking point.
Here are the Cavs records by how many non-LeBrons had decent scoring nights:
WHEN NO PLAYER OTHER THAN LEBRON SCORES 15+ POINTS: 2-1, but the two wins came when the Cavs had five and three other scorers with at least 10 points, respectively.
WHEN ONE PLAYER OTHER THAN LEBRON SCORES 15+ POINTS: 4-4
WHEN TWO PLAYERS OTHER THAN LEBRON SCORE 15+ POINTS: 2-0
WHEN THREE PLAYERS OTHER THAN LEBRON SCORE 15+ POINTS: 2-0
Now, let's look at it by player. The Cavaliers actually have a better record when Love doesn't score 15+ (6-2) than when he does (4-3). So no, it hasn't necessarily been about the two best players on the team. For some super-duper weird reason, it's been more about 37-year-old Kyle Korver than a lot of people expected.
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The Cavaliers are 5-0 this postseason when Korver scores at least 15 points. And of those five games, he was the only non-LeBron Cavalier with at least 15, so it's not like all of those wins came because Korver cleaned up in garbage time or something.
Now, let's scale back the parameters from 15 points to 10. The Cavaliers are 8-1 this postseason when Korver scores 10 points. That's an even better record than they have when LeBron scores 40 points (5-1).
So, the home court should help the Celtics tonight. They haven't lost a game at TD Garden this postseason. Know what else would help them? Stopping that super old occasional bench player/occasional starter.