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Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

DeMarre Carroll says the Hawks took their foot off the gas down the stretch


The Atlanta Hawks who got swept out of the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers looked nothing like the Atlanta Hawks who won 17 straight games and didn’t lose once in January. Heck, that January team was MIA the final month of the season and most of the playoffs. The uniforms were the same, but aside that it felt like two different teams.

What happened? Injuries were a part of it, but DeMarre Carroll said it was more on the Hawks not being focused. Carroll was on the Sports Radio Talk Show “Go For It”, hosted by former ESPN employee Paul Gant (you can follow it here) and was honest about the Hawks shortcomings.

“I just think that towards the season we knew we were the number one seed we never been in this position before,” Carroll said. “I think we probably took our foot off the gas and I think we learned this season we can’t take the foot off the gas and the good teams can easily play at a high level for a long period of time.”

Carroll on what happened against the Cavaliers, and his knee injury that he played through.

“I think the first game we kind of let it slip away from us,” Carroll said. “We came out the first half really aggressive and I think the second half we didn’t come out wight he same energy and then after that everything started going downhill as far as me being injured, Kyle Korver too, Al (Horford) getting thrown out the game, Shelvin Mack gets injured. So there was a lot of obstacles against us, but you we gotta look forward to next year…

“I was limited big time but the same token many people did not know it was my knee but also had turf toe so it was all on the same leg. Basically, I was just out there on one leg at the same token I got out there I gave it my all but at the end of the day we still came up short as a team.”

Carroll said he thought a healthy Hawks team would have beaten the Cavaliers, adding they really missed Thabo Sefolosha (who missed the entire series after his run in with the NYPD). Not sure what else you would expect a competitor like Carroll to say.

As for Carroll’s pending free agency, he danced around that question.

“You know Atlanta played a big/major role in my life, major part of my family life so it would always be good to get back to Atlanta its a  great system that I grew up in and you know kind of excelled in,” Carroll said. “But, on the same token, my options are open and hopefully its Atlanta they will and have, they will be one of my best options but like I said before my options are open and Mark Bartelstein my agent he will handle all that process. He just told me to sit back and enjoy the ride.”


Hawks’ Shelvin Mack suffered ‘pretty bad’ shoulder separation against Cavaliers

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Between Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford, the Hawks faced far too many injuries during the playoffs.

To rub salt in the wound, there was one more during garbage time of Atlanta’s elimination loss to the Cavaliers.

Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Shelvin Mack will have surgery for a Grade 5 separation of the right shoulder on Tuesday. The Hawks guard said he would miss 3-4 months with the injury which included ligament damage.

“It’s pretty bad,” Mack said Thursday during exit interviews.

The good news for Mack: His contract is fully guaranteed for next season.

The good news for the Hawks: Jeff Teague is their starter, and Dennis Schröder has emerged as the clear backup. Atlanta signed Mack as a placeholder while Schröder developed, and that has happened pretty quickly. The Hawks can easily allow Mack time to heal – even if that goes into training camp or even the season.

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.