Tonight, the Hawks took their series with the Cleveland Cavaliers to Philips Arena. Desperately needing a win in the series, the Hawks made some changes in the starting lineup and came out of the gates aggressive. Kyle Korver, who has started every game for the past three seasons
Kyle Korver, who has started every game for the past three seasons, wasn’t in the starting lineup in Game 3 versus the Cavs. In his place was the valuable defender, Thabo Sefolosha. Korver was put on the bench due to his poor shooting in Games 1 and 2.
The Hawks starting the game off shooting 100% with an 8-3 lead. The Cavs stopped the perfect shooting by calling a time out. Out of the TO, the Cavs scored 5 points creating the first tie of the ball game. The first quarter was a close one and ended with the Cavs leading 31-28. In the second quarter, the Hawks went off. The offensive was clicking on all cylinders as star players Al Horford and Kyle Korver combined for 20 points. The score at the half was 63-55, Hawks on top. The second half was was a different story.
Hopeful Hawks fans looked on as their team kept on scoring in the third quarter. After struggling with scoring at all in Game 2, this was something to be excited about. The Hawks looked as if they could take Game 3 at home and stay away from facing elimination Sunday. The third quarter ended with a score of 91-85, Hawks still on top. Then came the fourth quarter. Cavs bench player Channing Frye came into the game and helped out Cleveland’s offense by scoring three backbreaking 3-pointers. The Hawks struggled to score in the fourth quarter and lost their lead. The Atlanta Hawks fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers 121-108 making the series a 3-0 Cavs lead.
The Hawks face elimination from the 2016 NBA Playoffs Sunday afternoon in Phillips Arena. Tip-off is set for 3:30 PM and will air on ABC.