Can Cavaliers get revenge on the Hawks in Atlanta? NBA Predictions 4/9/17

Sunday afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers found a way to lose a game to the Atlanta Hawks in a more demoralizing way than Friday night's blowout loss.

Irving has a problem with his surgically repaired left knee, which the Cavs are calling tendinitis.

Both squads traded free throws and Cleveland's lead was still four with 8.3 seconds remaining when LeBron James fouled Paul Millsap on a three-point attempt.

Tristan Thompson, who had his record-setting active games streak recently snapped, will also be out but with a more legit cause.

The Raptors could still be seeded as high as second in the East, but only if they beat reigning National Basketball Association champions Cleveland Cavaliers in their regular-season finale and the Boston Celtics lose their last two games. It looked like the defending champions would cruise to a win and move a step closer to clinching the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. However, there's a good chance the Cavs will be able to rest their stars during the regular-season finale against Toronto if they win one of their next two games and the Celtics stumble in Charlotte. The Hawks have yet to beat the Hornets this season, losing all three times they have played.

True, there's rarely a boring moment in Cleveland, where every game seems to take the importance of a season, and where the city's hoop team is anatomized daily like a frog being dissected in a high school science lab.

While I and most every other fan would rather see these players be in the game, Lue had to make the decision, and it will probably pay off. The fans at Phillips Arena could have nearly been forgiven had they all got up and went home to watch the final round of The Masters.

The Sixers, who dropped their sixth straight, shot 22 percent from the floor in the third quarter (4 of 18) and 29.7 percent in the second half (11 of 37). "I just think it's fantastic", coach Kenny Atkinson said.

James scored 27 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, whose lead over the Boston Celtics for first place in the East is one game with three to play. "Beat Boston and have the game that we had, and to come back and not validate it against a team that didn't even play their guys".

"The energy level was just real bad", a disillusioned James said afterward.

"Obviously, he's one of the dominant five guys in the league - in the paint and in rebounds, so when I'm at the four I try to be helpful as much as I can, you know create more space and spread out".

The problem for Lue is exacerbated because Irving's left knee is bothering him. Coach Mike Budenholzer initially said Schroder would play.

Wayne Selden scored a career-high 13 points and Vince Carter added 12, including a trio of 3-pointers as the Grizzlies pulled away with a 16-2 rally in the fourth quarter. "Trying to hold onto that No. 1 seed and getting rest and you come out and have a performance like this, it's not good".

Will the Cleveland Cavaliers go on the road and get revenge on the Atlanta Hawks when the two teams meet up today at 3:30PM ET?

  • Julie Sanders