Tomorrow is Election Day, so if you live here in the United States and are old enough to vote, hopefully you will do your civic duty and get out to your polling place (if you haven’t already voted early, of course). And then, after that, you can look forward to an evening of hoops between two Eastern Conference foes.
Who: Atlanta Hawks (4-2) at Cleveland Cavaliers (6-0)
When: Tuesday, 7:00 pm Eastern
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: Fox Sports Ohio, NBATV
Perhaps the only thing more contentious than this election is the relationship between the Hawks and Cavs over the last couple of years. They’ve met in the postseason after each of the last two seasons, with the Cavs sweeping both series. You may recall that the Cavs hit 25 three-pointers against Atlanta in Game 2 of the conference semifinals back in May, and the Hawks were not exactly thrilled about it. Here’s video of all of those threes:
This season, the Hawks added Atlanta-native Dwight Howard, and it’s been going pretty well so far. He’s averaging 17 points and 12.3 rebounds per game, and the Hawks have won four of their first six games.
Things have also been going well for the Cavs. They are the only undefeated team remaining in the NBA, and all members of their big three have looked good.
It is true that their schedule has been pretty favorable, and they have come close to giving a few of these games away. But still, they’ve been impressive. They are playing loose and free and mostly look like they’re having a tone of fun. All of the chemistry issues that were a concern last season seem to have disappeared. I guess winning a title heals all wounds. Or, maybe the wounds were always overstated.
Will the Hawks be able to get revenge for their postseason failures? Will the Cavs rise to the occasion and remain unbeaten? Can LeBron James actually deliver Ohio for Hillary Clinton?
These are the questions. The answers will be revealed tomorrow night.