Hawks are looking to bounce back from their worst playoff lose, handed over by Cavs! Cavs not only beating Hawks they also set a new NBA record for the highest number of 3s scored in a regular or a playoff game.
After the game (game 2), Hawks did express their anger on how Cavs were trying to set the record. In fact they did nothing to stop Cavs in the last quarter.
It is the same story repeated in game 3 as well. Hawks are expected to win this game and entire home crowd is behind them. For 3 quarters it looked like they are on their to register their first win this semifinals.
4th quarter is another story by itself. For Cavs, 4th quarter goes to Kyrie. At the same time Hawks were missing their shots most of the time and completely lost their focus and game plan. Points were not coming as Cavs tightened their defense.
What Frye did tonight is what J R did in Game 2. No matter who is scoring, final outcome is 21 three pointers by Cavs.
Here is the Net Player Score for Cleveland Cavaliers:
Points Scored by Cavaliers:
Entire Hawks frustration is reflected in Jeff Teague push of
LeBron, which was unnecessary. At this point game was drifted from Hawks any way. Jeff ended up with Flagrant Foul and LeBron made his 2 Free Throws.
Cavaliers are up by 3 and Hawks maintained the same number of wins, which is Zero.
At the end of 3rd quarter, Cavs scored 22 three pointers out
of 34 attempts! This stat itself summarizes the game.
Complete domination by Cavs! Hawks were simply helpless!
Historic night for Cavs! 25 three pointers! New Playoffs and
Regular Season Record!
Mike (Hawks Coach): We are going home! Now the challenge is
on us and win a game at home! On commenting on Cavs, they obviously a team well
put together. They were excellent last year too!
Ty (Cavs Coach): I thought we did a great job on defense. When
J R making shots it becomes contagious! He made a lot of open shots and it’s
beautiful to watch!
Points Scored: Big 3 did not play entire 4th quarter. Everything happened so quickly in 3 quarters and there was no need for 4th quarter appearence!
After Cavs sweep Detroit in first round, Cavs were clearly ready for Hawks. Hawks made a good run in the first part of the 4th quarter and some how they could not hold off to that streak.
Again, it is all LeBron + Love + Irving's show with LeBron making the critical plays.
LeBron's effect is reflected in his Net Player Score and with 25 Points. Love Scored 17 but his NPS was little better than Irving, even though Irving scored 21 points.
Bottom line, defense and offense worked when it mattered the most. Go Cavs!