Mark Schwab's thoughts on Game 3

Cavs fans drive long distance to support team in Atlanta

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - I'll start with the obvious: this series is over. At this point, we'd all be shocked if it went to five games. The Cavs just need to put this away and do it without anybody getting hurt.

One thing you hear commonly in playoff games is "somebody else needs to step up." When they do, you better win.

Atlanta got that in the first game when Dennis Schroder poured in 27 points to lead the charge. The problem for them was that the charge came up short and they lost by 11. Not the case for the Cavaliers on Friday night. When their "somebody else" stepped up -- Channing Frye -- they did win.

Frye's big night couldn't have come at a better time in this series. The Hawks had everything going their way, all the down to the geography. It was in their building, they were leading in the fourth quarter, their adjustments appeared to be working, Kyle Korver was heating up. None of it mattered though. Frye got hot, hit shots and that was a big enough boost for the Cavs to rally and win on the road -- exactly what the Hawks did not do in the series opener.

See ya Sunday, Atlanta. Then we'll see ya next year.

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