After a decisive win against the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to lead the series 2-0 after tonight's game in Georgia.
DeMarre Carroll looked to have had suffered a catastrophic knee injury in Game 1, but reports suggest that he may be available tonight after doctors diagnosed his injury as a bone bruise. Kyrie Irving is also questionable for tonight's game. He's been dealing with knee tendinitis, and didn't participate at the team's shootaround today. Carroll did participate, but if he's unable to play, expect Kent Bazemore to play significant minutes tonight. If Irving's out, Matthew Dellavedova will get extended run.
LeBron James said he was unhappy with how much he played in isolation in Game 1, so expect him to look to facilitate a bit more in Game 2. J.R. Smith has been incredible for the Cavaliers so far in the series, but his comments about seeking out difficult shots because open ones are "boring" might not sit well with James.
Jeff Teague led the Hawks with 27 points on 24 shots in Game 1, though he shot an uncharacteristic 1-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. If Irving doesn't play tonight, the Cavs will have a very difficult time guarding Teague, and may have to resort to playing James or Smith on him more than they'd like to.
Tonight's game starts at 8:30 p.m. and can be watched on TNT.