The Cleveland Cavaliers were coming into this current series with the Atlanta Hawks undefeated. They were played tough for most of the series versus the Detroit Pistons. But at important parts of those four games, the Cavaliers came through while the Pistons faltered. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks were in a dogfight with the Boston Celtics in their previous series. But in the end, the Hawks were able to make to hang on and defeat the Celtics at home, ending their season. The Hawks and Cavaliers met each other in last year’s NBA Eastern Conference. And last year’s matchup had disastrous consequences from Atlanta. They were swept in four games and were a mere distraction for Cleveland on their way to the NBA Finals. This year, many thought the Hawks would use last year as motivation to play Cleveland tough. Well, the motivation did not happen. The Hawks are down by two games to the Cleveland Cavaliers and have yet to wake up. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are just riding along, enjoying the moment while putting a hurting on the Hawks.
The series got started with some thinking back on how Atlanta shot the three-pointer last season. Their main weapon was spacing the floor with the threat of shooting the three. The Cavaliers, for the most part, were not a consistent three-point shooting team. Well this year, they decided to switch personalities and roles. The Cavs have taken on the Hawks’ persona from last season. Atlanta was one of the top three-point shooting teams in the NBA last season. Well, in this series, you would have thought that the Cavs were the team that was known for shooting great. The Cavs have hit 25 more three-pointers in Game 2 Wednesday night, bring their series total to 40/76 from three-point range, good for 52.6% from deep. To give you an idea of how good they have been, the Cavaliers are shooting 16% higher right now versus the Hawks than they shot for the entire regular season from behind the line. Switching that over to the Hawks side, they shot 31% from three-point range this season. And in the postseason, they have shot at exactly the same clip except for against the Cavs. They have actually shot the ball at a 34.3% clip and that is not bad. But it isn’t a great percentage when you’re talking about a team on fire from the three-point line against you. But this is not the only flip of things that has happened.
The Hawks have been known for their ball movement from the time Mike Budenholzer arrived. And to their credit, it has worked and made them exciting and relevant. And as far as the Cavs go, they have been more of a pick-and-roll, isolation basketball team. Well, the Hawks look like the team that does not use very much motion. They missed some easy layups and that definitely hurt them. But other than that, there were other times where they just were not getting good ball movement and that caused for difficult shots. On Cleveland’s side, it just seems like the ball movement has been crisp the entire series. The Cavs are moving the basketball a lot without ……….. (to read the complete article – click on link | http://ow.ly/4nuCnD
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