Five games into the 2016 NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers have five wins. Tonight's Game 2 matchup with the Atlanta Hawks isn't exactly must-win, but it would go a long ways towards the Cavs' hopes to reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Last season in the second round, the Cavs were only able to earn a home split with the Chicago Bulls. That series got pretty dicey, as the Bulls were very close to ultimately taking a 3-1 lead over the Cavs. That team was missing Kevin Love and J.R. Smith, and slowly developing a new defensive identity. This Cavs team doesn't have that hurdle.
The Cavs took Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap, and Al Horford out of their games during the Game 1 victory. They withstood Dennis Schroder shooting above his head. The Cavs didn't get to the free throw line, and Kevin Love missed a lot of shots. LeBron James was merely very good instead of dominant. The Cavs won anyway. They aren't guaranteed anything tonight, but a 2-0 lead would take a lot of the intrigue out of the series. Win this one, and the series looks like a five game affair, or perhaps even a sweep. A different result tonight, and things will likely take a bit longer. We will see.
Time: 8:00 pm ET
TV info: TNT