(SL) – The Atlanta Hawks gave it all they had in Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. At the half they led 63-55 and was shooting almost 60 percent from the perimeter. At one point Cleveland was down by 11 to which J.R Smith says the feeling was to, “Keep our composure.
At times like that in the past we’ve had bad body language and allowed teams to gout there and do whatever they wanted to do. But tonight we played extremely well. The way Channing played was unbelievable. Everybody played extremely well.”
Channing Frye came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 pts. Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue says, “Channing’s an excellent three-point shooter. I thought the lineup of Kevin and Channing really gave them problems because it opened up the floor for Kyrie and LeBron to get the basket and if their bigs helped, Kevin and Channing would be wide open for shots. Channing did a great job of taking the shots and we want him to be aggressive taking the shots and he made them tonight.”
Channing would prove to be a problem for the Hawks, scoring 7 of Cleveland’s 3s (21). When it was all said and done Atlanta would lose by 13 (121-108). A disappointing loss indeed and that frustration surely took its toll, as displayed when Jeff Teague forcefully pushed/fouled Lebron James causing him to fall into some of the crowd.
Post game James talked about that flagrant foul, their uncharacteristic play, hitting the restart button in the 4th quarter and I asked him about the possibility of returning to Miami for the Eastern Conference Finals.
Overall, James says they’re focused on Game 4 and that’s it. It goes down Sunday at Philips Arena. Tip-off is at 3:30pm.