- J.R. Smith will be getting the headlines after this game - as he should - but Tristan Thompson continues to be sublime. Thompson, who takes great pride in his ability to defend guards on switches is tasked with guarding Paul Millsap. His ability to hold Millsap to 3-11 shooting and dominate the glass as well is a problem for Atlanta. Millsap was visibly frustrated with Thompson for a good portion of the second half.
- In the Cavs two wins against the Hawks, they have found a similar working theme. Stick to Kyle Korver at all costs. Letting Jeff Teague and Dennis Shroeder slash away might be a bit uneasy on the eyes, but it is Korver that is usually breaking team's backs. Hounded most of the night by Iman Shumpert, Korver had 9 points on 5 shots, and 3 turnovers. The Hawks shot 4-23 from deep.
- LeBron probably needs to open it up some to end the game. The iso just isn't working. Then again, who am I to argue? It has been posited by many that LeBron uses those possessions as a form of rest sometimes. As long as they are winning, I'll let the guy who has been to 4 straight finals do his thing. That seems fair, right?
- I don't know what to do about Kyrie. You have to play him, as he has shown throughout the playoffs that his shot alone can win you some games, but it's getting tougher and tougher to watch. If the long layoff didn't help him, or if he did get a little further hurt tonight as David Blatt suggested, it's hard to imagine that he will get any better at any point in the playoffs. Still, you run him out there because he's earned it.
- The Cavs rebounding remains spectacular. They had a 49-37 edge, with 12 offensive boards. Timofey Mozgov (10 points, 11 rebounds in 24 minutes) and Thompson (14 points, 10 rebounds) continue to dominate opposing front courts in this regard. Second chances for a team as beat up and sometimes lazy on offense as the Cavs are incredibly important.