Key: New Sheriff in Town
Over the past two postseason meetings against the Hawks, it was obvious that Dennis Schrӧder was ready to take over the starter’s role in Atlanta.
With Jeff Teague in Indiana, the German import has flourished with Mike Budenholzer’s squad – tied with Paul Millsap as the squad’s leading scorer and its top assist man at 6.3 apg.
And despite Atlanta’s recent struggles, Schrӧder has been excellent – 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 been very good against Cleveland this season – specifically in the first meeting back on November 8 at The Q, leading the Hawks with 28 points.
The only problem for Schrӧder and the Hawks that night was that Kyrie Irving finished with 29 – leading both teams in the 110-106 win.
That was just a warmup for Uncle Drew’s amazing evening in Atlanta on March 3 – exploding for 43 points, going 14-for-21 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, a perfect 10-for-10 mark from the stripe, a team-high nine assists and four steals.
Since February 6, Kyrie is the third-leading scorer in the East at 26.4 points per – trailing only Isaiah Thomas and his teammate LeBron James over that span.