Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 Atlanta Hawks | Eastern Conference Finals
After the Cavs’ big Game 1 win, they looked to take both road games to start the series and take total control of their Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Hawks with a win in Game 2. LeBron was in a scoring mood from the tip and got the Cavs off to a lead. In fact, he didn’t register an assist until the 4:55 mark of the second quarter, the longest amount of time for him this post-season. Then, after he set the Cavs offense on fire, he pulled back and focused on distributing to his teammates and getting them going. He tallied 9 assists and just 1 field goal from that 4:55 in the second to 4:29 left in the third. It was a tie game at the half with a score of 28 all, but Cleveland was able to pull away in the third quarter. Led by LeBron, who scored 11 points in the quarter, the Cavs surmounted a 30-17 period, due in large part to their stifling defense that held Atlanta to 32% shooting. The reserves played most of the final period and closed out a 94-82 victory.
LeBron Leads Cavs to 2-0 Series Lead
Kyrie was held out after aggravating his left knee injury once again in Game 1. The Cavs knew they were going to need an extra boost from their role players, as they were 1-6 without Irving in the regular season. LeBron ended up getting the extra help he needed. Tristan Thompson was a force in the paint. He hauled in 16 rebounds including 5 on the offensive end. He has been a major contributor to Cleveland’s recent rebounding spree. The Cavs have a 96-76 advantage over the first two games. The team’s proficiency in this category has gone a long way to help the team attain and maintain leads with defensive stops and second chances on the offensive end. The team finished 12-of-30 from behind the arc, good for a solid 40%, with a third of those coming from Iman Shumpert, who finished with 16 points. Matthew Dellavedova continued his enhanced play with 11 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists after starting in place of Kyrie.
LeBron Mic'd up During Game 2
LeBron barely missed getting a triple-double as he finished the 30 points, 11, assists, and 9 rebounds. This was LeBron’s 74thdocumented 30-point playoff game. He is currently tied with Jerry West for fourth in NBA history. The three players currently ahead of him are Michael Jordan with 109, Kobe Bryant with 88, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with 75. After the win LeBron expressed the team’s mindset in his “UNINTERUPTED” video when he said, “We go back home, but we’re not comfortable. Because we’re going back home we’re still desperate, we’re still desperate for a win in game three and the way we’ve been playing so far gives us a great chance to win.”
Cavs Steal Home Court Advantage
The Cavs and Hawks come to the Q for Game 3 on Sunday night at 8:30 on TNT.