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NBA Playoffs: Hawks lead Cavaliers 49-48 at halftime of Game 3

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Hawks clinged to a 1-point lead heading into halftime, but will face the challenge of holding the advantage in the second half without Al Horford.

Horford was ejected with 34.3 seconds to go in the second quarter after getting tangled up with Matthew Dellavedova of the Cavaliers.

Referees reviewed video of the play and saw Horford land an elbow to Dellavedova’s body as the two men hit the floor battling for a rebound. Horford received a Flagrant-2 foul and was tossed from the game. Dellavedova was issued a technical foul on the play.

The second quarter, much like the first quarter, was not pretty offensively for either team. The Cavs made just 15-of-47 from the field and 11-of-16 from the free throw line. The Hawks made 18-of-38 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line.

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NBA Playoffs: Hawks lead Cavaliers 24-21 after one quarter in Game 3

By Michael Beaven Published: May 24, 2015

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers overcame a slow start in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals to trail the Hawks by three points following one quarter at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Hawks jumped out to a 12-4 lead with 7:19 to go in the first quarter. Al Horford scored eight points during the spurt for Atlanta, which started 5-of-8 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Cleveland started 1-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line with Matthew Dellavedova scoring all four points.

The Hawks advantage reached nine points twice, 16-7 and 19-10. The Cavs creeped closer to conclude the quarter following a J.R. Smith layup, three free throws by James Jones and a 3-pointer by Dellavedova.

LeBron James went 0-for-9 from the field in the first quarter and was scoreless with five rebounds and two assists. James is playing in his 171st NBA Playoff game, and this was just the third time he did not score in the opening quarter.

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Kyrie Irving will miss Game 3 of conference finals against Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 24, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving will not play tonight when the Cavs host the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. It is the second game Irving has missed with tendinitis in his left knee.

 

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Game 3 Pregame: Hawks at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 24, 2015

 

Time: 8:30 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT

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Cavs 94, Hawks 82; Jason Lloyd's 20 thoughts on defense, unsung heroes and a commanding lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 23, 2015

 

ATLANTA: Twenty thoughts for the Cavs' biggest lead of the night in what was an awfully impressive 94-82 win over the Atlanta Hawks to give them a commanding 2-0 series lead in the conference finals…

1. There was a quiet belief within the Cavs after the way Game 1 unfolded they could win this series without Kyrie Irving, but they couldn’t sweep it. That may have been incorrect. Following this game, and the way the Cavs killed the Hawks’ spirit in the second half, a series victory is now inevitable and a sweep certainly seems possible.

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LeBron James' near triple-double without Irving guides Cavs to win, commanding lead over Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 23, 2015

 

ATLANTA: The Cavs are down to one superstar and plenty of helping hands. The Hawks might be down to their last rites.

LeBron James had 30 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists and the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 Friday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. And they did it without Kyrie Irving.

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NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers lead Atlanta Hawks 84-66 after third quarter

By George Thomas Published: May 22, 2015

Cavs 84 Hawks 66

The Cavaliers used a 16-4 run to take control of the game and pull away in the third quarter by outscoring the Hawks 30-17 in the frame.  Akron’s LeBron James continued to do what he does – dominate.  He tossed in nine points in the quarter, but he also balanced it by getting his teammates involved by dishing out five assists in the third.  He stood close to a triple-double with 28 points,  seven rebounds and nine assists.  His band of merry role players also put in overtime.  Iman Shumpert delivered the quietest scoring in the game, but by the end of the third had 14 points and Thompson cleaned the glass, grabbing 14 rebounds by the end of the period.   The Hawks suffered their own version of bad luck as they lost sharpshooter Kyle Korver to injury, putting their offense in a precarious situation heading into the fourth quarter.

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (Cavs) 28

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NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers lead Atlanta Hawks 54-49

By George Thomas Published: May 22, 2015

Cavs 54, Hawks 49

At the 9:49 mark of the third quarter the Cavaliers opened a 10-point lead over the Hawks at 35-25 and gathered some momentum.  It proved short-lived as the Hawks went on an 8-0 run   to cut the lead to 35-33.  The game unfolded as the Cavs likely wanted, low-scoring and ugly.  However, each time the Hawks looked to gather their own sense of momentum, the Cavs were able to turn things around.

The second quarter saw the appearance of players that likely would not have seen a lot of action had the Cavs not been damaged by injuries and by some foul trouble by back-up point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who went to the bench at the 5:37 mark.  As those players rotated in – James Jones in particular – they delivered some production. Jones connected on two treys to score six points and although J.R. Smith didn’t show the fire from Game 1, he provided seven first half points. The Cavs shot well from the perimeter, connecting on 7-of-11 from the three-point arc.  Atlanta hit on 4-of-11 in that category.

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NBA playoffs: Cleveland Cavs lead 26-21 after first quarter

By George Thomas Published: May 22, 2015

Cavs 26, Hawks 21

As both teams suffered from injuries, the first quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals felt like another feel-out effort as each teams started tentatively.  The Cavs played without point guard Kyrie Irving and it was clear as the quarter progressed that LeBron James felt the need to take on more of the scoring load with him and, of course, Kevin Love out.  Those 13 points came in various forms and the Hawks, dealing with an injured DeMarre Carroll, seemed to lag on defense. 

The Cavs needed guys to step up in assorted ways and it could be argued that he was only doing what he does, but power forward Tristan Thompson continued to deliver on the glass grabbing eight rebounds in the quarter.

 

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Kyrie Irving will not play in Game 2 vs. Hawks

By Jason Lloyd Published: May 22, 2015

ATLANTA: Kyrie Irving will not play tonight when the Cavaliers face the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Irving visited with Dr. James Andrews on Friday, the team said, and the tendonitis diagnosis was again confirmed. He is listed as questionable for Game 3 on Sunday in Cleveland.

Irving had eight days off between the Cavs’ first two series and six days off prior to facing the Hawks. It’s unclear at this point what another couple of days’ rest will mean.

“We’re evaluating as we go forward and hopeful we can get him back in there,” coach David Blatt said. He added that the Cavs’ 1-0 series lead had no impact on the decision to rest him.

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