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Reviewing Isaac Okoro’s playoff performance with the Cavaliers

Reviewing Isaac Okoro’s playoff performance with the Cavaliers

The chances of a former Auburn Tiger taking home an NBA Finals Championship ended Wednesday night with the Boston Celtics completing a “gentlemen’s sweep” of former Tiger Isaac Okoro’s Cleveland Cavaliers.

After eliminating chuma okeke’s Orlando Magic in the first round, Cleveland was a massive underdog in the series against the team with the best record in the NBA. Unfortunately, an upset wasn’t in the cards for the Cavs as Okoro, and the hopes of a former Tiger winning a ring were sent home well before the Finals.

Despite the disappointing result, the 23-year-old Auburn alum played a major role for his team in the playoffs. Here is a look at the final stats from Okoro’s postseason.

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Okoro took a step back in the scoring department once the postseason came around. After averaging 9.3 points per game in the regular season, the former lottery pick’s per-contest average fell to just 5.5. He was still fairly efficient from the field but looked for his shot less often with star guard Donovan Mitchell taking on most of the offensive responsibilities. Okoro’s postseason high came in the Cav’s lone win of the second round when he scored 12 points in game 2 against Boston.

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Okoro also took a dip in the rebound category in the playoffs. After averaging exactly 3 boards per game in the regular season, the 23-year-old tallied just 1.8 rebounds per game in the postseason. He did manage to clean up the glass at 3 three times on four occasions, grabbing a playoff-high 4 rebounds in Game 5 of the first round against Orlando.

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The former Tiger’s role as a “3-and-D” specialist rarely involves facilitating the basketball on the offensive end, and that held true throughout 12 games in the postseason. The fourth-year player deposited at least one dime in 10 of 12 contests, dishing out 2 assists on 3 separate occasions.

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As mentioned above, Okoro has made a living in the league by playing elite defense. That prowess was on full display in Game 2 of the first round against the Magic, when the 23-year-old accumulated a game-high 4 steals in a blowout victory. Okoro managed at least one theft in 6 other games over the course of the postseason, although was held steal-less three times against the Celtics in the second…

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