The Cleveland Cavaliers are two wins away from the NBA Finals. Without Kyrie Irving, they were able to win their second game in a row on the road against the Atlanta Hawks to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Now they'll come home for a pair of games, with hopes of not having to return to Atlanta.
In Irving's absence, LeBron James knew he would have to carry load. And he did. LeBron finished with 30 points on 10-for-22 shooting with 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Equally important, the Cavs' role players showed up. Iman Shumpert hit four threes and finished with 16 points. Tristan Thompson grabbed 16 rebounds. James Jones hit three threes. Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova both scored in double figures.
During LeBron's first stint, it seemed like the surrounding cast often folded when the Cavs needed them most. On this team, in the absence of Irving and Kevin Love, they've been stepping up in the biggest way. LeBron played well, but he had the help he needed.
As a team, the Cavs outrebounded the Hawks 47-39. They were also 12-for-30 from three, compared to Atlanta's 6-for-26.
So here we are. Things have not always gone well for the Cavs, but they've been incredibly resilient. With LeBron carrying the load, and different guys stepping up every night, they've found a way to keep winning.
On Sunday night, they'll be back home -- in front of what should be an enthused crowd -- with a chance to take a 3-0 lead in the series.