Isn’t it interesting? In the NBA finals, the court got smaller — I mean, the half-court game showed up. When every possession was crucial, all those 3-point shots in January and February became bad shots in June. Trust me, playoff time, some players appear — and some disappear.
Just so you know, all of the above has been going on for a long time.
Another view of the same thing: the 1997-98 champion Chicago Bulls ranked 23rd in the league in terms of 3-point shooting percentage. Fully 11 of the past 20 NBA champions did not rank in the top ten 3-point shooting teams, percentage-wise. Five of the champs ranked 20th or worse.
Only the 2013-14 San Antonio Spurs and 2014-15 Golden State Warriors were ranked No. 1 in that category. The Cleveland Cavaliers, this season’s titlists, ranked 7th.