NBA Playoffs – Day 19

The Cavs rewrite the history books.

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After last night’s eventful games, we’ve got just one tonight: Game 2 between the Cavaliers and the Hawks. That might be for the best, because it means that I’ll get to sleep at a much more reasonable hour. In Game 1, the Cavs jumped out to a big lead, but the Hawks were able to claw back into the game, only to fall short. They’re hoping for a much more consistent effort here tonight as they attempt to even this series. Can they do it? Will there be another crazy finish? Am I wasting my time and everyone else’s by writing this blog? These are some of the things we’ll be finding out tonight!

8:00 pm – All right, it’s time for basketball here on TNT! It’ll be just the Cavs and the Hawks tonight, so they better not disappoint.

8:01 – We’re live at the Quicken Loans Arena in beautiful, Downtown Cleveland for Game 2 between the Cavs and the Hawks! Kevin Harlan will narrate tonight’s game, along with Reggie Miller.

8:03 – The Hawks win the opening tip, and we’re underway over in Cleveland!

8:04 – Kyle Korver hits a jumper for the first points of the game, putting the Hawks up, 2-0.

8:05 – JR Smith gets a friendly bounce on a long two pointer, and the Cavs are on the board, tying the game at two.

8:11 – Kyrie Irving hits a three from the corner, and the Hawks take a time out as the Cavs are on an 8-0 run. The score’s Cleveland 16, Atlanta 11 with 6:30 left in the first quarter.

8:19 – We have a time out as it’s raining three pointers in Cleveland. It’s Cavaliers 27, Hawks 16 with 3:13 left in the first quarter, after JR Smith knocks down the sixth Cleveland three pointer of the quarter. The Cavs are on an 11-0 run.

8:29 – We’ve reached the end of the first quarter with a score of Cleveland 35, Atlanta 23. JR Smith has 14 points on 4-6 shooting from downtown, and the Cavs are 8-12 from deep as a team. That sort of shooting will always build you a nice lead, and it could be a long night for the Hawks after Cleveland closed out the quarter on a 19-4 run.

8:34 – LeBron James adds to the three point barrage, nailing one for the first points of the second quarter to get the Cavs lead up to 38-20.

8:38 – Kyle Korver gets a nice layup, but the Hawks are getting buried by three pointers. The Cavs are up to 10-15 shooting from beyond the arc, and the score’s Cleveland 43, Atlanta 25 with 9:03 left in the first half.

8:44 – LeBron hits a three, and the Cavs have now set a Playoff record for threes in a half with 13! They lead 52-27.

8:48 – Oh, and LeBron’s also apparently passed Tim Duncan for fifth place on the all time Playoffs scoring list.

8:49 – We have a time out with the score Cleveland 56, Atlanta 32 with 5:22 left in the first half. The Cavs are a ridiculous 13-19 from three point land.

8:52 – Kevin Harlan tells us that despite their crazy three point shooting, the Cavs are just 6-20 on their two point attempts.

8:57 – Another time out with the score Cleveland 63, Atlanta 36 with 3:13 left in a comical first half. Cleveland’s up to 15-22 on their three point attempts.

9:02 – Even Kevin Harlan can’t handle the three pointers anymore…

9:04 – Kevin Harlan is losing his goddamn mind, yelling, “WHAT A DISPLAY! WHAT MARKSMANSHIP!”

9:06 – A historic first half comes to a close with the score Cleveland 74, Atlanta 38. That’s not a typographical error, that’s the seriously the goddamn score. The Cavs are 18-27 from three point land, the Hawks are 11-32 total. JR Smith has 20 points, while shooting 6-10 from downtown. LeBron James has 16, and Kevin Love already has a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap has 16 points and 7 rebounds for the Hawks, but they’ve had the air completely sucked out of them. The record for three pointers in a Playoff game is 21, which seems to be on the verge of falling after the Cavs are only three away from matching it, after setting the Playoff record for threes in a half.

9:12 – It’s already been a historic evening, so let’s keep it going with an episode of Today in NBA Playoff History. Big thanks to the professors down at Basketball-Reference University for keeping this knowledge.

This isn’t a happy day historically for the Hawks, and in that spirit, we’re going back to May 4, 1993. That’s when they got swept out of the First Round by the Chicago Bulls, suffering a 98-88 loss in Game 3 of a best of five series. Michael Jordan scored 39 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Bulls to victory. Dominique Wilkins, in what ended up being his final Playoff game in a Hawks uniform, scored 29 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.

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9:24 – LeBron James gets himself to the hoop for a mere two pointer, getting the first points of the second half to extend Cleveland’s lead to an outlandish 76-38.

9:29 – LeBron knocks down a three, the 20th of the night for Cleveland, and Kevin Harlan says, “I can’t believe what I am seeing,” hopefully while throwing his hands in the air. The Cavs are now one away from tying the record for threes in a Playoff game, set earlier in these very Playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. This has been a sight to see, which is good, because it’s the only thing keeping this game worth watching.

9:32 – We’ve got a time out with the score Cleveland 86, Atlanta 50 with 7:27 left in the third quarter. The Cavs are up to 20-32 from beyond the arc, while the Hawks are shooting 15-39 on all of their shot attempts.

9:36 – Tristian Thompson gets a dunk for Cleveland, and I’m upset about it because I’m at the point where I only want to see the Cavs shoot threes.

9:38 – Kyrie Irving hits a three from the corner, and it ties the Playoff record of 21 made in a game! It also puts the Cavs up, 93-58.

9:39 – Irving hits another three, and that’s the record! Make it 22 for the Cavs tonight, as their lead goes up to 96-60.

9:45 – Time out with 2:44 left in the third quarter with a score of Cleveland 100, Atlanta 64. We’ve seen some blowouts here in the 2016 Playoffs, but damn.

9:50 – Another time out with the score Cleveland 101, Atlanta 64 with 1:39 left in the third quarter. The game has gotten kind of stagnant.

9:51 – John Wall sighting! The Washington Wizards star point guard is seen fucking around on his phone in a court side seat, not that he’s in danger of missing anything at this point.

9:55 – We’re here at the end of the third quarter with the score Cleveland 106, Atlanta 70. What is there to say? All of the starters have left the game, and I’m sure there’ll be no sign of them for the entirety of the fourth quarter.

9:59 – Dennis Schroder knocks down a three to start off the fourth quarter, cutting the Cavs lead all the way down to 106-73.

10:03 – We got a time out with the score Cleveland 110, Atlanta 83 with 8:46 remaining. The Hawks finally have more shots made overall (24) than the Cavs have three pointers (22), so they’ve got that going for them.

10:10 – Another time out with the score Cleveland 117, Atlanta 88 with 5:56 left in the game. “We’re not going anywhere,” exclaims Kevin Harlan, “don’t you go anywhere either!” Don’t worry, Kevin, I’ve got nowhere else to go anyway.

10:13 – Kevin Harlan tells us that the 23 three pointers made by the Cavs ties the NBA record for any game, Playoff or regular season.

10:17 – As Kevin Harlan tells us about how he took the opportunity to go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yesterday, we unfortunately have a time out before he gets a chance to share an in depth account of his visit. The score’s Cleveland 117, Atlanta 94 with 3:39 on the clock.

10:21 – Dahntay Jones knocks down a three, and it’s a new record of 24 three pointers made, the most any team has ever hit in any game, Playoff or regular season.

10:24 – This one mercifully comes to an end with the score Cleveland 123, Atlanta 98, and it didn’t even seem that close. It was a historic occasion, as the Cavs finish with 25 three pointers made, setting the mark for threes made by a team in an NBA game, and I got to watch the whole thing all alone on my couch. What an experience. LeBron James finished with 27 points and 5 assists. JR Smith scored 23 and led the three point deluge by shooting 7-13 from beyond the arc. Kevin Love chipped in with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Paul Millsap had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who just suffered through an embarrassing ass-whooping from the Cavs, falling behind 2-0 in the series.

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Well, that does it for a historic night in the NBA Playoffs. The Cavs are the last remaining team who haven’t lost a game in these Playoffs, and they might make it to the Conference Finals with that feat intact. As for me, I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be done watching basketball this early, so I’m going to get a good night’s sleep so I can be refreshed for tomorrow night’s Playoff adventure.

Author: tomeagher

Watching too much basketball.

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