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Cavs-Hawks In-game report

By Jason Lloyd Published: November 2, 2010

End 3Q: Hawks 74, Cavs 73

* Great quarter at both ends of the floor. The third quarter has been a huge problem for the Cavs this year (they've allowed 31 points in each of the last two games). But they contested shots, did a better job of cutting off the floor and held the Hawks to 15 points on 6 of 25 shooting.

* Hawks are 1 of 9 on 3-pointers after starting the game 3 of 5.

* Mo Williams is staking some liberties that may not sit well with Byron Scott's Princeton. Williams seems to be running down and taking shots that aren't within the flow of the system. Then at times he is cooperating and running the sets as he should. Will be interesting to see how this plays out as the season progresses.
Halftime: Hawks 59, Cavs 47

* The Hawks are killing the Cavs in transition. Cavs having a hard time getting back and it's showing. Hawks have 14 fast break points, Cavs have 2.

* J.J. Hickson is keeping the Cavs in this game thanks to that mid-range jumper he worked on all summer. He has a game-high 18 points (7 of 8 shooting), but he has three turnovers. He's the only player in double figures.

* The Cavs have been so concerned with cutting off the middle, they've left the Hawks open on the perimeter. They did a great job of keeping the Hawks out of the middle in the first quarter, but suffered a few breakdowns with it in the second. After a ridiculous first quarter, Hawks' touch is cooling (8 of 22 in second quarter).

End 1Q: Hawks 40, Cavs 27

* The good news is the Cavs didn't give up much middle penetration in the quarter, a sore spot with Byron Scott after the game against the Kings. The bad news is the Hawks were left open on the perimeter and couldn't miss. They shot 71 percent for the quarter (15 of 21).

* Cavs players have to do a better job of getting in their face and contesting shots, but the Hawks can't possibly keep up this pace.

* Scott wants to keep Mo Williams between 20 and 25 minutes tonight. Still, it was strange to see Williams enter as the third player off the bench -- behind Boobie Gibson and Jawad Williams -- with about 4 1/2 minutes to play. Scott said Williams will be back as his starting point guard Friday at Philadelphia, but it was hardly a ringing endorsement. Not sure why, but Scott isn't gushing about Mo the way he was at the start of camp.

* For the record, the Cavs shot 65 percent for the quarter (11 of 17). And they end it trailing by 13. Incredible.

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