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Cavaliers vs. Hawks: game preview, start time, TV information

Will the Cavs try today?

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in three days, the Cavaliers are set to face the Hawks. Will today’s matchup go better than Friday’s?

Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks

When: 3:30 p.m.

Where: Philips Arena - Atlanta, Georgia

TV Information: NBA TV

Enemy Blog: Peachtree Hoops

Music: Migos - Get Right Witcha

Keys to the game

  • Unlike Friday’s debacle, the Hawks will be at full strength Sunday. Specifically, that means Dwight Howard and Paul Millsap will play, although Millsap will come off the bench.
  • On the Cavs injury front, Tristan Thompson is listed as TBD on the team’s injury report and Kyrie Irving isn’t even listed. If Thompson plays, it’ll likely be announced just before tipoff. As for Irving, let’s see how he looks. If his knee is at all bothering him, it’s worth keeping an eye on. And for Irving, he’ll likely face a tougher test (at least in theory) now that Dennis Schroeder is back in the starting lineup for the Hawks.
  • One note about the Cavs’ performance Friday: they missed a lot of open shots, specifically from three. The team was just 9-25 Friday (they are shooting 38.5 percent from three, the second best mark in the league) with Irving not even making his on three-point attempt. Kevin Love was also just 3-10 and J.R. Smith was 1-6.
  • As a team, Cleveland shot 25 percent on wide open threes and 23.5 percent on open threes Friday. For the year, the Cavs are shooting 41.9 percent and 37.2 percent on those types of shots, respectively. For the year, 16.6 percent of the Cavs’ shots are wide open threes and 15.8 percent are open. On Friday, 14.8 percent were wide open and 21 percent were open.
  • The Celtics won Saturday, so the Cavs’ magic number to clinch the top seed remains at two. Boston if off Sunday, so Cleveland cannot clinch today.

Fear the Sword’s Fearless Prediction

Cavs 102, Hawks 97 just because that feels likely. But it’s all a guest.