The 2016 NBA Finals was home to 5 of the last 6 three-point shootout champs
From Games 1 till 6, the winning team was always on fire. There were no ugly victories as it was a question of who was in the zone.
Definitely, shooting was a key factor – no surprise here. But when talking about swishing those nets, there was an interesting and subtle finals fact that was brought up by a Reddit user.
As it turned out, five of the last six three point shootout winners participated in the NBA finals. They are James Jones (2011), Kevin Love (2012), Kyrie Irving (2013), Stephen Curry (2015), and Klay Thompson (2016). Marco Belinelli (2014) was a member of the Sacramento Kings last season.
While the Golden State Warriors are feared for their hot shooting streaks from beyond the arc, the Cleveland Cavaliers were also in the zone from that area during the East playoffs – like breadcrumbs along the road to the finals.
Ironically, in a series filled with elite long-distance shooters, Kyrie irving’s crucial three-pointer over Stephen Curry in the closing minute was the biggest of them all as it gave the Cavs the lead which they never relinquished.