CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks resumes Friday with Game 3 in Atlanta. Tony Zarrella gives five things to watch in the game.
The Cavaliers made it rain 3s in Game 2, breaking the NBA record for most treys in a game, regular season or playoffs (25), and while LeBron said after the game that "that's not us," in reality, it has been in these playoffs. The Cavs have thrown down 16 3-pointers per game through six games, tops in the NBA, and lead the league in 3-point percentage as well. The Spurs are second, the Warriors fourth.
Some of the Atlanta Hawks were upset that the Cavs' subs kept launching 3s as they went for the record on Wednesday night. Maybe we should send 'em a Get Well card to help heal their bruised egos, although I have a better solution for 'em: play better defense. Many of the Cavs' looks were open looks, and while that has much to do with the phenomenal ball movement the Cavaliers have rediscovered in this postseason, the Hawks must look within to see why they've been overwhelmed in this series.
He has yet to be a factor against the Cavs in the playoffs, this year or last year, although in fairness he was knocked out by Delly in Game 2 in 2015. Still, two games into this series, Korver has been a flop. The Cavs buried 20, count 'em 20, 3s before Korver finally hit his first of the series on Wednesday. He finished with 7 points, giving him 10 for the series.
Tyronn Lue continues to impress. Most impressive to me, his control of the pace and momentum of these games. Example: the Cavs were up by 20 in the second quarter in Game 2, 43-23, when Korver scored inside. Lue immediately called timeout. He's been doing it throughout the playoffs, seldom giving the opponent a chance to get anything rolling. The Cavs answered with a 9-2 run, and it was over. In the second quarter.
3 is the Charm?
And this time, I'm not talking about 3-pointers, I'm talking about Game 3. The Hawks have never beaten the Cavaliers in the playoffs. I mean, they've never taken a game. They were swept a year ago, swept in 2009, and if they fail to win on their home court on Friday, will likely be swept again. They can't win this series, but they can certainly make it more difficult than they did on Wednesday. We'll find out on Friday if they have it in them.
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