Key: Pointed Conversation
One of the Hawks starters who didn’t see action on Friday night in Cleveland was Dennis Schroder, who’s had a rock-solid first season as Atlanta’s full-time point guard.
And as good as he’s been all year, he’s been even better down the stretch – averaging 21.6 points, 6.7 assists and 4.3 boards, shooting 44 percent from the floor, 41 percent from deep and .957 from the stripe over his last nine outings.
He’s also been excellent against the Cavs this season – especially in the first meeting at The Q back on November 8, leading the Hawks with 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting.
Kyrie Irving was just a little better that night – finishing with 29 points to lead both squads. That was one of Kyrie’s 59 20-point games this season – a mark he fell two points shy of in Friday’s recent defeat in Cleveland.
But even with that subpar performance, Kyrie is averaging 30.0 points on 54 percent shooting to go with 6.7 assists and 1.3 steals in three games against the Hawks this season.
The last time Cleveland’s four-time All-Star suited up in the ATL, he went off for 43 points, nine assists and four steals.