Last night the Golden State Warriors won their third game in a row against the Houston Rockets. The first two games of the series were close, with the Warriors winning by an average of 2.5 points. However, last night saw the Warriors dominate from the opening tip, first leading by 12 points after one quarter, 25 at the half, and finally, 35 points at the end of the game. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 40 points on just 19 shots with seven of his 12 makes coming from behind the arc. Curry is a monster, and that MVP award he took home was well deserved. James Harden's Rockets just couldn't keep up.
Tonight, a similar narrative is likely in store. While the Cleveland Cavaliers have won by a commanding margin in their first two games against the Atlanta Hawks, those two games were in Georgia against a hostile crowd. Now that the Cavs are at home, it's entirely possible that they run away with the series.
But it gets worse for Atlanta. After nearly losing DeMarre Carroll for the rest of the postseason, they've officially lost Kyle Korver to a severe ankle sprain. As a result, fan favorite Kent Bazemore will be starting for the Hawks tonight. Bazemore's not a bad player. In fact, he's proven to be serviceable and perhaps even somewhat good in the limited minutes he's played throughout his three-year NBA career. Still, Bazemore can't replace the ridiculous floor spacing that Korver provided, and for an offense that relies heavily on just that, tonight's game will prove to be especially difficult.
Then again, Cleveland seemingly improved when Kevin Love was sidelined with a shoulder injury that will keep him out of the playoffs, and Kyrie Irving has had lingering knee problems as well. LeBron James hasn't played to the level he's capable of but he's still carrying the Cavs through the playoffs. The fact that James hasn't played to his standards is even more incredible considering he was a single rebound shy of a triple-double in Game 2. Oh, and he's still averaging 30.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game in the series. You know, King James stuff.
Perhaps the Hawks come out of the gates motivated and committed to winning tonight's game. Maybe they don't. It will be an interesting game either way.
Tonight's game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks starts at 8:30 p.m. and can be watched on TNT.
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