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Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Four

Hawks’ Dennis Schroder has a pretty cool shoe ad


You probably are not familiar with Snipes, the German athletic shoe store.

But the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder is — the German native will be suiting up for his national team next week for EuroBasket. And he took part in a pretty impressive Snipes ad recently.

Hat tip Sportando.

Cavs’ improved defense deserves credit for commanding 2-0 Eastern Conference Finals lead


After Friday night’s 94-82 win in Atlanta, the Cavs are two wins away from a trip to the Finals. And, believe it or not, a large reason for this is their defense. That end of the floor was Cleveland’s Achilles’ heel during the regular season, but they’ve made plenty of adjustments in the playoffs, and through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, they’ve been able to handle the Hawks’ once-unguardable offense.

Everything the Hawks tried to do on Friday, the Cavs had a counter for. Out of Kyle Korver’s 11 shot attempts, eight were contested, and he shot 2-for-8 on those. With DeMarre Carroll hobbled but still playing big minutes, the Hawks were down one consistent contributor, and that allowed Cleveland’s wing defenders (Iman Shumpert and even the likes of James Jones) to double on Korver more, neutralizing maybe the Hawks’ most dangerous offensive weapon.

In general, the Hawks were ice-cold from long range, shooting just 6-for-26. And some of those shots were simply ones they normally make, but Cleveland has been much more consistent of late in rotating and taking away open looks. And the open looks they have allowed have been for the players that are the least dangerous. They’re still letting Jeff Teague shoot whatever he wants, and he isn’t making them pay for it. He shot 5-for-16 on Friday, including 2-for-6 from three. The Hawks also didn’t get much offensively out of Dennis Schroder or Shelvin Mack, both of whom were forced into larger roles as the Hawks became more banged-up.

Timofey Mozgov’s box-score numbers weren’t that impressive on Friday, but since his midseason trade to the Cavs, he’s been a game-changer for them on the defensive end, a mobile big man who can protect the rim.

And not enough can be said about Tristan Thompson, who has had something of a coming-out party in the playoffs. His dominance on the glass has been key, and he had more defensive rebounds (11) than the Hawks had offensive rebounds as a team (7). He’s been everywhere, and his impact has been impossible for the Hawks to ignore.

The story for the Cavs out of this game is going to be LeBron James, and rightly so. He was sensational in all areas 0f the game on Friday. But as they get closer to the Finals, and likely a matchup with the Warriors, the Cavaliers deserve lots of credit for finally stabilizing their defense into something championship-worthy.

Hawks face uphill climb after DeMarre Carroll injury

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards - Game Six

The Eastern Conference Finals may have just been decided in the worst possible way.

Nobody knows yet how bad DeMarre Carroll’s leg injury is yet. The Hawks are calling it a knee sprain for now, but it looks bad. Even if it isn’t as bad as it seemed at the time, Carroll couldn’t put weight on it after the Hawks’ Game 1 home loss to the Cavs, and it’s highly unlikely he plays in at least the next game, if not longer.

Which is an awful prospect, both for Carroll (coming up on free agency) and the Hawks, who now face the task of beating the best player in the world without the guy on their roster most equipped to guard him. Carroll has been the least talked-about member of the Hawks starting five, the only one that wasn’t named an All-Star. But he’s their best perimeter defender, and it’s not really close.

The most logical choice to guard LeBron James with Carroll out is Paul Millsap, who handled most of those duties after Carroll went down on Wednesday. Millsap can handle him in small stretches, but as the Hawks’ primary game plan (which he is now by default), he’s not nearly as well equipped as Carroll to do that heavy lifting.

In addition to creating a much greater defensive burden on the rest of the Hawks, Carroll’s injury is going to force their bench — which has been problematic for much of the playoffs — into a larger role. Kent Bazemore will probably get the starting nod at small forward, and he was solid in 16 minutes in Game 1, scoring 16 points on 4-of-5 shooting. He’ll bring energy on offense, but he isn’t nearly the defender Carroll is. What the Hawks got out of Dennis Schroder, Pero Antic and Mike Muscala off the bench on Wednesday is not encouraging. Maybe Mike Budenholzer will dust off Mike Scott, who’s fallen out of the rotation for most of the playoffs.

The Cavs won Game 1, but they’re still hobbled by injuries. They were carried on Wednesday night by J.R. Smith setting a playoff career high and hitting eight three-pointers. For the most part, this is still a series that James will have to do the heavy lifting for. The Hawks’ best hope was to make that workload as heavy as possible, and at least for the short term, they will have to find a way to do that without their defensive ace.

Carroll will get an MRI on Thursday, and he and the Hawks will have to hope that it’s “only” a strain or a hyperextension, not something much worse. Either way, they’ll probably be without him for at least the rest of this series, and that makes their road to the Finals much more difficult.