Digging a Deeper Dive into the Cavs and Hawks Playoff Matchup

Tonight we are going to have a classical battle on the hardwood for a 7:30 pm tip-off!

Whether you’re a fan of Cleveland sports or a sports fan in general this game is for all the marbles to get the right to face the No.1 seeded ranked Miami Heat (53-29) at the FTX Arena.

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you that this play-in tournament game between the Atlanta Hawks (43-39), and the Cleveland Cavaliers (44-38) at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse just got a whole more interesting.

And, it did!

A total of twelve postseason meetings took place between these two squads took place. In essence, you’re probably wondering that all of this was ancient history. Yes, that’s true! As we delve deeper back into the NBA history books, the first playoff encounter began on May 5th, 2009, when the Cavs claimed a, 99-72 victory at home. Back in the good old days as LeBron James netted 34 points and 10 rebounds. This all started in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

I know it was only one game of play.

Can you imagine scripting eleven more straight wins getting to a, 12-0 mark?

Who would have thought?

It happened Cleveland fans!

The Cavs swept the Hawks in 2009 and 2015 in the Eastern Conference Finals. It also occurred during the 2016 Semifinals. Every series Cleveland blanked Atlanta in 4-0 fashions. Moreover, it felt like a dream, but it was the reality that eliminated the Hawks 12 times! Atlanta has yet to end the firestorm against those blazing Cavaliers.

Regardless of the past, the Hawks are looking to capture their first playoff win and put a loss on those unbeaten Cavs. To note, Cleveland totaled 1,256 points, 569 rebounds, 259 assists, 157 threes converted and 198 free throws executed during postseason play. Luckily, Atlanta doesn’t have to contend with James, Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith for instance.

The core for those Cavaliers revolve around Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, Jarrett Allen, Cedi Osman and Lauri Markkanen all season long. However, the veteran ship and the biggest key player for the Cleveland Cavaliers is Kevin Love. Love had 76 points and 52 boards with four double-doubles in all of his consecutive starts. In 29 regular-season games, Love has averaged 499 points, 311 boards, 64 assists, in 873 minutes played.

On December 31st, 2021, Love dropped 35 points on those flying Hawks making it one of his best games head-to-head. With that all being pointed out, Love has 14,305 points total, which he is 695 points shy away from hitting 15,000 and is second in three-pointers made in 1,027 and seventh in rebounds with 4,213.

On the other hand, Love has to be the workhorse for the Cavs to advance onward and send the fans home happy.

Will the Atlanta Hawks eliminate Cleveland on lucky number 13? Or are the Cavaliers going to celebrate a 13th straight postseason victory?

 

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