Full Details On Cavs-Hawks Eastern Conference Semifinal Schedule
The Cleveland Cavaliers swept their first round series against the Detroit Pistons and advanced to the second round, and their opponent has been confirmed after a Game 6 win by the Atlanta Hawks over the Boston Celtics.
On Tuesday the NBA released the second round schedule for the Cavs and Hawks starting Monday, May 2 at the Q.
There won’t be a single pair of off days in this series, with the exception of a possible Game 7.
Game 1 – ATL @ CLE, Monday, May 2 7:00 PM EST on TNT
Game 2 – ATL @ CLE, Wednesday, May 4 8:00 PM EST on TNT
Game 3 – CLE @ ATL, Friday, May 6 7:00 PM EST on ESPN
Game 4 – CLE @ ATL, Sunday, May 8 3:30 PM EST on ABC
Game 5 – ATL @ CLE, Tuesday, May 10 TBD on TNT*
Game 6 – CLE @ ATL, Thursday, May 12 TBD on ESPN*
Game 7 – ATL @ CLE, Sunday, May 15 TBD on TBD*
*Games 5-7 If Necessary
The Cavs won the all three games against the Atlanta Hawks this season, averaging 109.3 points and 23.7 assists per game while shooting 45% from the field and 32% from downtown. Going back to last postseason’s 4-0 Eastern Conference Finals matchup, the Cavs have won seven straight games against the Hawks.
The Big Three had big a big season against Atlanta: Kyrie Irving (two games) averaged 27.5 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and 1.5 blocks per game. LeBron James (three games) averaged 27.3 points, 11 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game on 57.9% from the field and 45.5% from downtown. Kevin Love (three games) also played well, averaging 16.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals. J.R. Smith struggled for the Cavs during the regular season averaging just 9.7 points on 28.6% from the field, but averaged 18 points, 7.5 rebounds, and four three-pointers per game on 50% shooting and 47% from downtown.
By no means, however, does that mean that the Cavs will sweep the Hawks. Atlanta still presents a big challenge and is a well coached team that is the definition of team basketball. If the Cavs continue to do what’s worked best for them against the Hawks, they should see continued success for another chance at an Eastern Conference Finals appearance.