It was NBA playoff history last night and the Hawks were on the wrong side. The Cavaliers crushed the Hawks by a score of 123-98 in game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. It was raining 3s in Cleveland, Ohio last night.
The Cleveland Cavs scored 25 , 3-pointers the most in NBA history for regular season or playoffs. They went 25 for 45 from the arch and 10 different cavaliers players made it happen. The Cavs made 18 out of 27 shot attempts from the first half alone. From everywhere else besides behind the three point line they were only 6 for 21. It also didn’t help that the Hawks went into Halftime down 74-38.
“I’ve never seen a team shoot that well in one game,” Kyle Korver said. “That was pretty amazing. If they shoot the ball like that, I don’t know if anyone can beat them, to be honest.”
The Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer knew that three point shooting from the other team was a problem and the Cavs showed he was right. Here is some comments he said after the game, “In transition we are not doing a good enough job,” Budenholzer said. “We need greater urgency and greater understanding in getting to all of their shooters. I think it starts there. Then in the half court, they are in the paint a lot. When you collapse and people help, they are making the extra pass and making shots. Then the third piece, several of them, obviously, J.R. Smith are hitting extremely difficult 3’s on top of those first two things.”
The Cavaliers look unstoppable as everything is clicking for them and one big reason is that their healthy, unlike last year. Lebron James leading the way with 27 points and a key help from guard J.R Smith getting 23 points while making 7 three pointers.
The Hawks looked unprepared when they should of been. Paul Millsap leading the pack with 16 points ,while scoring 16 of the Hawks 38 points the Hawks had going into the halftime break.
The Hawks now have lost 10 straight postseason games to Cleveland. It also doesn’t help that the Cavaliers are 9-0 when leading a playoff series 2-0.
The Hawks will play the Cavaliers at home on Friday and Saturday night in Atlanta. If they lose they won’t even make a trip back to Cleveland. We are going home,” Budenholzer said. “We are going to Atlanta. It’s one game. They won their two games on their home court. Now, we are going home. Now the challenge is on us to have a heck of a night in Atlanta and win Game 3.”
The Atlanta Hawks will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at 7:00 ET on ESPN.