Here we go! Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals kicks off when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks on May 2nd at 7pm EST. Catch LeBron James and the Cavs as they look to set the tone for the best of 7 series online here!
The Cleveland Cavaliers swept past the Detroit Pistons in the first round and are now tipping-off a round 2 of the NBA playoffs against a strong Atlanta Hawks team at the Q Arena. The Hawks needed 6 games to get past the Boston Celtics in round one and will have their hands full against LeBron James, 31, and the Eastern Conference leading Cavalier squad. Watch all of the basketball playoff action online here!
It is going to take a lot for the Hawks to make it a good series against a healthy LeBron and the Cavs. LeBron is a proven champion and can take over any game, anytime. The Cavaliers rolled into the post-season with a Eastern Conference best 57-25 regular season record. There is not a team in the east that can keep up with the Cav’s offense and the Hawks will have a hard time penetrating the equally intimidating Cleveland defense.
Last year the Hawks were swept by the Cavs in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they were also riddled with injuries. They are much healthier now and just might give the Cavs an unexpected push back. LeBron maybe struggling a bit with his jumper but that hasn’t hurt his shooting percentage which is a stout 52%. The last time these two tangled was on Apr. 11, 2016 and the Cavs got the 109-94 win after LeBron lit up the board with 34, 6 & 6, in just three quarters of play.
Defense wins championships and the Cavs aren’t the only team with a strong defense in this series. The Hawks have been able to contain opponents too this season holding teams to under 100 points per game. Which ever team gets through may have a shot at the title as the west and the record-breaking Golden State Warriors are wrought with injuries.
What do you think HollywoodLifers? Who will you be rooting for in this Eastern Conference showdown? Do the Cavaliers have what it takes to return to the NBA finals or will they be upset by the underdog Hawks team? Let us know who you will be rooting for in this matchup!