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Hawks’ Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore send Cavaliers to first loss

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CLEVELAND (AP) — Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 28 points and the Atlanta Hawks handed the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers their first loss of the season, 110-106 on Tuesday night.

Cleveland (6-1) cut a 96-81 deficit early in the fourth quarter to 101-97 on LeBron James‘ basket with 3:14 to play. The Hawks scored the next six points, but 3-pointers by James and Kyrie Irving made it 106-103 with 48 seconds left.

Paul Milsap’s basket pushed the lead to five, but Kevin Love converted a three-point play with 25 seconds remaining. Bazemore’s jumper from the corner with 7 seconds left put the game away.

Bazemore scored 25 points while Millsap added 21. Dwight Howard, who received four stitches for a bloody lip in the first half, had 17 rebounds.

Irving led Cleveland with 29 points. Love added 24 while James, who scored two points in the first half, had 23.

Atlanta finished the second quarter on a 22-6 run to lead 53-42. James didn’t score until he hit a jumper late in the first half.

Atlanta scored the first five points of the third quarter and stretched the lead to 58-42. James hit two free throws, a 3-pointer and two layups during a 15-3 run that got Cleveland back in the game.

J.R. Smith‘s 3-pointer late in the third period made it a two-point game but Bazemore made three free throws with less than a second remaining in the quarter.

Millsap hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play, helping Atlanta rebuild the lead to 96-81, but Cleveland scored the next 10 points and cut the margin to 98-94 on Channing Frye‘s 3-pointer.

Hawks guard Kyle Korver did not travel to Cleveland after the birth of his third child Sunday.

Atlanta had lost 11 straight to Cleveland, including playoff sweeps the last two seasons.

TIP-INS

Hawks: Korver is expected to play Wednesday night when Atlanta hosts Chicago. … C Mike Muscala took a hard fall to the court after a dunk in the first quarter but remained in the game. … F Mike Scott (left knee) and C Tiago Splitter (right hamstring) remain sidelined, leaving Atlanta with 12 active players.

Cavaliers: F Tristan Thompson was scoreless with two rebounds in 25 minutes. … Cleveland was 11 of 42 on 3-point attempts. … Cleveland Indians players Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley attended the game.

 

Hawks reportedly release Walter Tavares, to sign Ryan Kelly with Mike Scott out four weeks

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Kristaps Porzingis and Boban Marjanovic now stand alone as the tallest players in the NBA.

The other 7-foot-3 player is now out of the league.

The Hawks waived Walter Tavares to sign Ryan Kelly with Mike Scott injured.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Hawks release:

Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott will miss approximately four weeks while undergoing a series of non-surgical procedures for his left knee soreness.

This indicates Tiago Splitter is on track to return from his injury before Scott from his.

Kelly, a stretch four, attended training camp with the Hawks. He got cut, but there could be a role for him with Scott now hurt.

Tavares is an interior-oriented center who already somewhat duplicates Dwight Howard and would become even more superfluous when Splitter returns.

NBA sets record with 113 international players, a plurality from Canada, on opening-night rosters

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Until last season, the NBA set or tied its record for number of international players on opening-night rosters the previous three years.

But after peaking at 101 in 2014-15, the number dropped to 100 last season.

A sign the league has hit its foreign saturation point?

Probably not.

The NBA boasts a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories to begin this season. Canada, with 11, leads the league for the third straight year.

A count of international players in the NBA on opening night:

  • 2016-17: 113
  • 2015-16: 100
  • 2014-15: 101
  • 2013-14: 92
  • 2012-13: 84

Here’s a full list of 2016-17 international players, but before you read it, take our quizzes on opening-night rosters.

Hawks’ big man Tiago Splitter out four weeks with strained hamstring

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Tiago Splitter — who played only 36 games last season due to injuries, including a hip that required surgery — will now miss the start of the 2016-17 season as well.

This time it’s a strained hamstring, the team announced on Tuesday. Here is the entire official release, for your reading pleasure:

Atlanta Hawks forward/center Tiago Splitter has been diagnosed with a grade 2 hamstring strain, which he sustained in a recent practice. An MRI taken yesterday at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center revealed the injury. He will be out a minimum of four weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.

Splitter is Dwight Howard‘s primary reserve, bringing some old-school big man game to the court. Plus, because Splitter can hit free throws, he may get some run in key moments while Howard sits. Splitter plays solid man defense in the paint, and if you get him the ball in the post he’s an efficient scorer. Keep him in his lane and he can help a team.

Splitter being out is just more run for high-energy center Walter Tavares, which is not a bad thing for the Hawks.

Hawks C Tiago Splitter plans to be ready for training camp

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Tiago Splitter underwent season-ending hip surgery in February, and the injury kept him from playing for Brazil in the Olympics.

But the Hawks center says he’ll be healthy by training camp.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Splitter didn’t have time to make much of an impact last season, when Atlanta acquired him to serve as a change-of-pace to Al Horford at center. With the bigger and strong Dwight Howard now at center, Splitter is more redundant.

Splitter can still contribute off the bench – if he’s moving well enough. At age 31 and coming off such a major injury, that’s in question.