#CavsHawks Game Preview – April 9, 2017

Game Summary

The Cavaliers will face the Hawks for the second time in three days as they travel to Atlanta for a showdown on Sunday afternoon. Tipoff from Philips Arena is at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Despite Friday’s 114-100 loss to the Hawks, Cleveland remains atop the Eastern Conference with their 51-28 record, one game ahead of the second seeded Boston Celtics.

The Wine and Gold seek revenge against the Hawks, a team they have beat in 12 of their last 14 games matchups, including the 2015 and 2016 Playoffs.

Cleveland has also won the last two regular season meetings in Atlanta, which includes a 135-130 win at Philips Arena on March 3rd. In the win, the Wine and Gold set the NBA record for three-pointers in a game, going 25-46 (.543) from beyond the arc. The Cavs also became the first team in NBA history to have six players make at least three three-pointers in a single game (James-6, Irving-5, Frye-3, Korver-3, Derrick Williams-3, Jefferson-3). Overall, Cleveland shot 47-86 (.547) from the field and had 31 assists.

The Cavs made nine three-pointers against Atlanta on Friday night at The Q, snapping a streak of 15 straight games of at least 10 triples versus Atlanta (including postseason), which was the longest such streak in NBA history by one team versus another.

Atlanta hopes to duplicate their performance from Friday as they fight for Playoff seeding with the regular season winding down. Coming into Sunday’s game, the Hawks’ 41-38 record has them sitting in fifth place with the Milwaukee Bucks creeping behind them just a game back as the sixth seed.

With most of the Hawks main rotation guys sitting on Friday, Tim Hardaway Jr. had a team-high 22 points and five assists while Mike Dunleavy finished with 20 points on .667 (6-9) shooting and a .800 (4-5) mark on three-pointers in 20 minutes off the bench.

Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio, NBATV

Radio: WTAM 1100, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note: On Sunday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Hawks game (3:30 p.m.) and the Blue Jackers – Maple Leafs game (6:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.

Probable Starters/Status Update*

#2 – Kyrie Irving

#5 – J.R. Smith

#23 – LeBron James

#0 – Kevin Love

#8 Channing Frye

#17 – Dennis Schröder

#10 – Tim Hardaway Jr.

#12 – Taurean Prince

#7 – Ersan Ilyasova

#8 – Dwight Howard

Status Update: (Cavs) – Tristan Thompson, (Sprained Right Thumb, TBD)

Status Update: (Hawks) – TBD<!–Thabo Sefolosha, (Right Groin Strain, Out), Tim Hardaway Jr., (Left Wrist Sprain, Right Knee Contusion, Doubtful), Paul Millsap, (Left Knee Synovitis, Out)–>

*Subject to change.

Head-to-Head Matchup

The previously mentioned dominance of the Cavs over the Hawks has been well-documented despite their recent loss.

After a 15-point, 15-rebound against Atlanta on Friday, Kevin Love has now recorded five straight double-doubles, averaging 19.2 points and 12.8 rebounds in 32.4 minutes during that stretch. Love has poured in at least 15 points and 15 rebounds in 11 games this season.

Against the Hawks on Friday, LeBron James tallied a game-high 27 points on .800 (12-15) shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 41 minutes. His .800 field goal percentage is a season-high, as well as the 10th time in his career he has reached that mark in an NBA game.

Channing Frye, who has scored in double figures in four of the last five games, tallied 16 points on 6-10 (.600) shooting, five rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes during Friday’s game against the Hawks. As a starter this season (12 games), Frye is averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 25.3 minutes.

Kyrie Irving is averaging 30.0 points on .541 shooting, 6.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 36.0 minutes against the Hawks this season (three games).

Sunday’s matchup is the fourth and final regular season meeting between the two teams.


Game Promotion

Better Halves DVCAC Awareness Night: For the third straight year, the Cavaliers and their Better Halves will once again collect baby items to donate to the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center. DVCAC provides programs and services to women, men, teens and children who are victims of abuse. Members of the Better Halves will be at each entrance of Quicken Loans Arena at Friday’s game collecting baby supplies and fans who donate will be entered to win player autographed items.


On Deck

After Sunday’s game, it’s right back to work as the Wine and Gold travel to South Beach to take on the Miami Heat on Monday before closing out the campaign next Wednesday against Toronto at The Q.

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