The Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten stellar shooting from
3-point range in both of their wins this season. Hosting the
struggling Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night could give them
another opportunity to knock down shots from beyond the arc.
Cleveland (2-2) opened its season with a 104-96 home loss to
Toronto on Dec. 26, as it missed 14 of 20 3-point attempts. The
Cavaliers bounced back to win 105-89 at Detroit two days later,
going 7 for 12 from long range.
They struggled to make 3s in their next game, a 5-for-25
performance in a 98-91 overtime loss at Indiana on Dec. 30, but
they got back on track in a big way in their first game of
Cleveland made 16 of 26 attempts from 3-point range Sunday,
falling one short of the team record in a 98-82 home win over New
Jersey. The Cavs, who made 17 3s in a game in 2008 and again in
2009, are among the league leaders in 3-point shooting at 41.0
“I’m still not convinced totally that we’re a 3-point shooting
team, but I think we have some guys that are capable of knocking
down some 3s on a consistent basis when we do it in the flow of the
game,” coach Byron Scott said.
Daniel Gibson has made 9 of 13 attempts from 3-point range this
season, and Alonzo Gee is 5 for 10. First overall pick Kyrie Irving
was 1 for 7 from long range before making 3 of 4 against the
“In the preseason I wasn’t knocking down anything for a while,
so it feels good,” said Irving, averaging 13.3 points and 5.5
Cleveland lost two of three to Charlotte last season, shooting
31.7 percent (19 for 60) from 3-point range. That number figures to
increase considering the way the Bobcats are playing.
Charlotte has lost three straight since opening with a 96-95
home win over Milwaukee on Dec. 26. In the last two games, the
Bobcats have allowed opponents to shoot 48.7 percent (19 for 39)
from beyond the arc and they’re near the bottom of the NBA in
3-point field-goal defense at 41.2 percent.
Miami made 7 of 11 3s in handing visiting Charlotte a 129-90
loss Sunday. The Bobcats shot 38.0 percent after posting a 36.1
mark in a 100-79 home loss to Orlando on Dec. 30.
“When you don’t play good offensively, then your defense goes
down,” coach Paul Silas told the Bobcats’ official website Sunday.
“We gave too many run-outs and layups. We’ll play hard against
anybody. We came out and had some open looks. If those shots go in,
then I think it’s a whole different ballgame.”
DJ White led the way for Charlotte with 21 points on 10-of-12
shooting against the Heat, but the other four starters shot 7 for
34 and combined to score 19.
“DJ White came in and he did a great job tonight making shots,”
said forward Corey Maggette, who is 13 for 46 (28.3 percent) this
season. “Ultimately, we have to make shots and be confident in
ourselves. I put the first blame on myself, because as a veteran,
you are supposed to try to get something going. We just have to