This will be 45 years in the making for the top seeded Atlanta Hawks. Not since 1970 have the Hawks been present in the Eastern Finals. The Hawks are one of the best teams with ball movement. Not only movement, but the Hawks have a two headed monster in their back court with Jeff Teauge and Dennis Sochroder. The 4-time MVP LeBron James says, “They have the ability to push the tempo starting with Teauge. We have to be very aware of that.” One man the Cavs have to keep an eye on is Kyle Korver, I call him the 3-point assassin. Korver is shooting lights out from beyond the arch this season with 50% from the floor. Korver has been in a little slump in the playoffs as he states, “I need to shoot better, but we’ve never made it about one person. A lot of shots I was getting were difficult. I was just out of rhythm for a while.”
The Cavs ‘Big 3,’ Kevin Love gone, Irving battling with injuries, and now LeBron will have to cool off the hot Atlanta Hawks with his team. LeBron has to take over this series. Drive the ball to the basket, find an open shooter, or just bulldoze his way to the free-throw line. Although, James could do this and the Cavs could still lose. The Cavs are going to have to stop the rhythm of the Hawks. Th Hawks won the season series 3-1 and James scored 32 points in their last meeting Novemeber 15, 2014. With that, other than James, a Cavalier has to step up to the plate in this series to advance.
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This is a hard series to break down and predict, but I think the Atlanta Hawks will continue to swore. I feel that the Hawks will find way to win like they have all season. Before I have made the mistake and under think their ability but that will stop here. Hawks in 7 against the Cavs.