So far for in this series, this is the closest and well
spirited game by Hawks. Millsap fired up
in the first quarter and Hawks built a healthy lead early and only to hold on
to a 2 point lead at half time. At the end of the game, result is same as the
previous 3 games. The difference is, Cavs were playing like as if this is the
final game of the series.
Kevin was outstanding. His 4 point play was what Cavs needed
for the final push to close the game. Keven attempted 15 3s and drained 8 of
them with 53% success and 88% of his total score is coming from 3s. On average Hawks allowed 20 3s in each game.
Hawks did not have a plan to guard or at least attempt to
stop Cavs hitting 3s. This was a big concern in the previous 3 games and
nothing is changed in Game 4 as well. As their post-season is ended again in
the hands of Cavs in straight games, Hawks might have some changes in the
post-season. Jeff Teague sitting in 4th quarter suggests those
Hawks “sharing the ball” did not work very well as they lost focus on scoring. Hawks failed miserably at defense and allowed 77 3s in
the entire series and half of them are uncontested.
“They have more experience and role players”, Hartford said
after the game, referring to Cavs.
Cavs Big 3 are in better shape and playing like a true team.
Role players and Bench are doing their part to fill the gap.
This is like Cleveland Dream Team! Cavs are taking mini
vacations in between playoffs series.
After the game is ended, LeBron hugged Kevin. Not just
simple hand shake or quick dance, it was a long bear hug! This is Keven’s first
appearance Conference Finals. I am not sure who promised what, but this moment captures
that promise. A promise between two committed players and I believe Cavs Fans
can trust that.
LeBron, Kyrie and Keven scored 70% of the Total Points with
all three of them scoring 20+ points.
Miami and Toronto series is tied and it is now best of 3. Whatever
the outcome of this series, Cavs are rested and ready for the next challenge. It
may not the same as previous rounds but the outlook is definitely positive.
Kevin tops both NPS and Points Scored for Cavaliers. Big 3 on the rise!
Net Player Score for Cavaliers : First time seeing Kevin in top of the list.This is a good thing.
Net Points Scored: First time seeing Kevin in top of the list.
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!