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Big Trade Leaves Cavs Shorthanded, But The 3-Point King Kyle Korver Was Alive So Nobody Noticed

(Atlanta, Ga) – At the trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers shocked the sports’ world with some blockbuster moved that frankly had some people asking WTF? Isaiah Thomas was sent to the Lakers while D. Wade found himself back in Miami and Derrick Rose…well, he went to Utah, but was quickly released. Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Jae Crowder were also released.F27B19D6-0202-45C0-8CE6-261CF53EAE73For the Cavs they picked up Rodney Hood from the Utah Jazz and George Hill from the Sacramento Kings to go with the acquisitions of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers. Post game I asked LeBron about the changes between the new lineup and the old lineup.

Granted none of them hit the court tonight which left even more suspense hanging over Cleveland’s head but it played out as expected.6C8CF6F0-4603-43B8-A9CE-E518B9949AE2Malcolm Delaney and Dennis Schroder got started out of the gate and by halftime Schroder led all scorers with 19 pts, but it ended pretty much there with him only scoring 6 pts in the the second half.

The Cavs on 53% percent of shooting would end the 2nd qtr ahead by 5 (61-56). Jeff Green, who the Cavs acquired during the trade proved he fits right in with the offense playing 32 minutes and putting 24 on the board.

But it was Kyle Korver who took matters into his own hands living up to his reputation of being the 3-point king. He was 7-11 from downtown and had the game high all across the board with 30.
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LeBron James’ King status was intact as well with a triple double ( 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds). One strategy that stood out was the eight man rotation the Cavs played with. LeBron says, “We played together offensively and defensively.  The communication was very high.  The ball was moving around.  the was popping.  Everybody felt like we were in a good rhythm. This team has played us tough every single season, no matter their record.  Tonight we finally played them tough.  We played Cavaliers basketball. “
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What was missing from the Hawks? For one, Taurean Prince needs to learn when to back away from the 3-point line. He was 0-9 from long range. He put up 15 but that came with a +/- of -21. Not good.  Late in the 3rd was when the quality of ball the Hawks were playing dropped tremendously. When Lebron says they played them tough, they did just that. Atlanta never really rebounded from the 18-2 run Cleveland went on to which Kent Bazemore says, “We definitely lost focus.”
Final score 123-107. Hopefully, the Hawks can get back on track Sunday when they host Detroit. The Cavs will continue their 3 game road trip playing the Celtics Sunday and OKC on Tuesday.

 

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Kyle Korver Returns To The A For The First Time Since Being Traded

(Atlanta, GA) – Kyle Korver returned to the A firing shots around a perimeter he’s quite familiar with. The Cavs set a record for regular season three pointers in a game with 25. Post Game Kyle surprised by record, talks coming home to Atlanta and blending in with Cleveland’s offense.

Hawks End Two Game Losing Streak, Beat Rockets 112-97

(Atlanta, GA) – The Atlanta Hawks got back on the win column at Philips Arena defeating the Houston Rockets 112-97 .  Coming in Dwight Howard dispelled rumors that he and James Harden had  beef. But he sure played like he was sending a clear message to the Rockets and Atlanta….Daddy’s home! It was a good one in the ATL as Millsap, Howard and Kent Bazemore got to work early jumping out on Houston and they never looked back.

 Houston didn’t help themselves with more than 20 turnovers and a number of missed shots from the arc. I don’t think it would’ve mattered though had those stats been reversed. The Atlanta Hawks wanted to give D-12 a win and stick it Harden and the Rockets and they did just that.
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Atlanta needed this win after losing 2 in a row (Lakers and Wizards) but as you can see with this new look ATL team, they don’t dwell on the past. Atlanta got back to their style of basketball and added some flare too with Dwight Howard posterized KJ McDaniels with a block that was clearly all ball but the refs called a foul.
Post game Howard was asked about the hug he gave the ref who made the call. Howard said he admitted that he made the wrong call and Howard was sure to let him know that everyone makes mistakes. lol. Kent Bazemore also resurfaced scoring 20 points. Paul Millsap was among the double double tribe with 23 points and 11 rebounds with Dwight Howard’s 20 points 14 boards and  Dennis Schroder’s 17 points 12 Assists.
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As for the Hawks bouncing back after a tough loss against the Wizards, Coach Bud says, “You’ve been around our group.  You know there’s a lot of character, a lot of fiber.  when you lose and you don’t play and compete the way you’d like to and expect to, and what we’ve become accustomed to, you can’t wait to get out and play again.  It’s just a testament to their character, how they’re made up, how they’re built.”
Let’s take a look at the stats: 
Houston hurt themselves with 25 TOs they also missed a lot of shots from the 3 going 12-3 and offensively they just weren’t hitting. Harden led the Rockets with 30. 24 of those were  from the 1st half. Atlanta on the other hand shot 52.9% from the field with Kent Bazemore hitting 20, Millsap 23, Howard 20, Korver 10 and Schroder 17. Up next the Hawks will head to Cleveland to take on Lebron and the Cavs.

Kyle Korver Lights Up The Celtics Helps Move Hawks To 2-0 Series Lead

(SL) – When Kyle Korver hit the court Tuesday night you could tell he was in a zone. He looked intense  and although he was probably walking at a normal pace as he made his way through the line, the  ferocious look he had in his eyes made it look as if he was walking in slow motion.

Korver was indeed about to make a movie. Out the gate the 3 point king was draining threes and forcing the Celtics to reevaluate any defensive measure they thought they could angle. Korver had 17 pts, 7 rebounds and shot 5-7 from the arc helping the Hawks take game 2 in the NBA playoffs 89-72. Yes, Korver had the same number of 3 pointers as the entire Celtics team. Korver also had 1 BS to add to a franchise record 15 blocks for the Hawks.

Post Game I asked the 3pt king about his shooting and the intensity he carried for the night: 

Celtics Coach Brad Stevens was asked if they were slightly misled by Korver’s 2 pts in game 1 and he quickly responded with, “No.” Stevens said that Korver is the type of player that’s a part of Boston’s daily conversation. He said there were no excuses for what happened. Atlanta dominated the game and that’s it.

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The Celtics were led by Isaiah Thomas who scored 16 points. Boston was held to just 72 points for the game and shot poorly from the 3 pt line (5-28). They shot just 32 % from the field.

Hawks Lose To A Wade-less and Bosh-less Heat Team In Stunning Defeat

(Atlanta, GA) – Perhaps the 9 day All-Star Break was a little bit too longer.  The Atlanta Hawks looked like they needed a practice run before jumping back into things following a week and some chagne off.  DeWayne Wade nor Chris Bosh took the floor with the Miami Heat Friday night so one would assume this to be an easy win for Atlanta, but it wasn’t.  Luol Deng was downright hurtful and a serous problem for the Hawks pulling a 30 pints and 11 rebounds._MG_7672As a matter of fact 3 of Miami’s players had double doubles with Goran Dragic hitting 17 points and dishing up 10 assists.  Josh McRoberts who came off the bench also had 19 points and 10 assists, helping the Heat take the W 115-111.  Paul Millsap was the only double for the hosting Hawks with 12 points and 13 boards. Jeff Teague with 23 points, led Atlanta in scoring, With Korver and Horford chipping 18 and 14 respectively.

_MG_7660Kent Bazemore who will be a free agent this summer seemed to struggle shooting just 3 of 9 from the field. He had 4 turnovers adding to a total of 21 for the Hawks. While the Heat mishandled the ball 14 times. _MG_7703The Heat only had 9 players and coming in Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra said he wanted collective grit and that’s what his boys gave him. Forward Luol Deng said, ” We were moving the ball and we did a good job attackng the paint.  We knew we were missing D-Wade and CB so we knew we had to come out with a lot of energy.  We’ve been in situations like this, but we knew we were going to play with a lot of energy and a lot of heart. ”

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Atlanta and Miami are battling for that top Southeastern spot. This win surely gives the Heat the upper-hand but hopefully, the Atlanta Hawks will be able to bounce back Saturday night against the Bucks while the Heat will play the Wizards.