Tony Z's thoughts on a historic first half

Tony Z's thoughts on a historic first half
  • It was a historic half for the Cavaliers, as they rained down 3s on the Hawks. Five minutes into the second quarter, they'd broken the NBA playoff record with their 13th trey of the half. By the time they got to halftime, they'd buried 18. The NBA playoff record is 21, held by the Warriors.
  • Spectacular start for J.R. Smith, who busted out of the gate with 14 points in the first quarter alone, including four of those 3-pointers. He added three more treys in the second quarter.
  • Delly, Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson also drained 3s. Jefferson is one of the most respected players on the team. It fires the Cavaliers up when he plays such an important role, as he has in these playoffs.
  • When the Cavs are moving the ball as well as they have in this series, they look impossible to stop. A great example of that came midway through the first quarter when Tristan Thompson stole the ball, fed it to LeBron, who took off on a break, passed to Kyrie, who dished it out to Kevin Love in the corner for a 3 that electrified the crowd, gave the Cavaliers their first lead of the game (13-11), and set off the barrage of 3-pointers that would follow.
  • The 3-pointers get the attention, but the rebounding continues to be a major factor as well. The Cavs out-rebounded the Hawks 26-17 in the first half, with Love pulling down 10 of them.
  • Dennis Schroder, who came off the bench to throw down 27 in the opener, was held scoreless in the first half, although he did his damage in the second half of Game 1.

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