Hawks seal 10th straight playoff appearance when Bulls lose
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 23:01
Millsap helped the Hawks rally from a 26-point deficit during the fourth quarter to help send the game into overtime, and he hit some clutch shots late to guarantee the win for Atlanta.
Atlanta would struggle to score in the first few minutes of overtime, but once LeBron James fouled out, things went all the way in Atlanta's favor.
Despite a recent slump, the defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers are still on track to earn one of the top seeds in the Eastern Conference, with many still viewing the Cavaliers as the team to beat in the East.
Irving scored a game-high 45 points for Cleveland while James finished with a triple-double of 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. "We had some good moments and we had some not-so-good moments today". By the time the fourth quarter had started, the Cavs lead was up to 26 and it looked as if it was time to get the starters some extra rest. Thomas' relentless attacks on the rim left guys wide open all game, but they were just unable to make more than 40 percent of their shots.
After Kyle Korver connected on a 3-pointer with 1:01 left, Kevin Love split a pair of free throws with 42.1 seconds remaining to give the Cavs a 120-118 lead.
"Every team is probably dealing with this to some degree and trying to figure out how to manage their players, their health, the importance of games", he said.
With Paul Millsap back in the lineup for two of those three games, scoring 22 on 5/11 shooting on Sunday, it's fair to say that Atlanta is out of the woods. "We still have some things to do with two games left, but yeah, we'll be ready".
Irving scored 15 points in the first quarter.
So we've got Gucci Mane and Hassan Whiteside being impressed by the game, people blaming the Cavaliers' collapse on the referees and Skip Bayless going full on CAPS ATTACK! with his thorough analysis of this improbable upset.
After the cameras and microphones were turned off Sunday, James said this is who the Cavs are.
By sitting James and Irving, at least, Cleveland would essentially be prioritizing rest over the pursuit of the No. 1 seed.
But two sudden, surprising losses against the reeling Atlanta Hawks in back-to-back games has Cleveland scratching its head once again.
"For me, it's never been about getting the number one seed, it's playing the best possible basketball" James said.
The win vaulted Atlanta past the Milwaukee Bucks for fifth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Even with the Cavaliers playing poorly, the feeling is the Celtics are the only team in the East who can most likely challenge the Cavaliers' path back to the NBA Finals. "I knew I had five [fouls]".
The Cavaliers' play in the second half has brought plenty of reasonable questions and anxious hand-wringing over the state of the team.
It was only Friday night when Lue's almost fully healthy club (minus center Tristan Thompson) was embarrassed at home by the Hawks minus their usual starters.