Yesterday we reported a prediction that the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, would win the NBA Eastern Conference Finals against their rival, the Atlanta Hawks. But the prediction was the Cavaliers will take the NBA Eastern Conference Finals berth on Game 7 in the Hawks vs Cavalier series. Below is an analysis of the competition's progress and the Hawks vs. Cavaliers game 3 can be watched and listen on live stream below.
On Friday night, the Cavaliers outclassed the Haws, 94-82, as James scored 30 points in Game 2 of the Haws vs Cavaliers NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and took complete control of the series with a 2-0 lead.
The Cavaliers shot out the Hawks in the third quarter and limited Atlanta to just 32 percent (7 of 22) on the floor. James scored 11 of his points in that quarter while the Cavaliers shot as many as 20. The third quarter closed, 84-66, in favor of the Cavaliers, reported the Associated Press.
The absence of Kyrie Irving, who is suffering from a left knee injury, was hardly missed as James took control of the game as the Hawks' DeMarre Carroll was not playing 100 percent. Caroll left the court limping on Game 1 of the Hawks vs Cavaliers NBA Eastern Conveference Finals after falling down with a knee injury.
It was a frustrating night for the Hawks and many of their fans were seen heading for the exit with less than five minutes before the Hawks vs Cavaliers officially ends after Tristan Thompson dunked a pass from James that saw the score, 93-74.
The Hawks were dogged with problems in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals series.
Guard Kyle Korver and center Al Horford were troubled by injuries throughout the game, but still went on playing. Horford and Korver both finished with 12 points Friday night. The Hawks made just 33-of-79 field goals in the game (41.8 percent) and connected only six three pointers, said Cleveland.com.
In the continuation of the Hawks vs Cavaliers NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavaliers need only two wins to take another crack at their first NBA championship. The Cavaliers first appeared in the NBA Finals in 2007.
In our report yesterday, it was predicted that James is on his way to finally hand the Cavaliers their first NBA title in its franchise history. Cleveland has transformed itself into a more well-rounded squad with the absence of Kevin Love.
But James will not have an easy task handing the Cavaliers the Eastern Conference Finals. He will need the support of J.R. Smith, Mathew Dellavedova and James Jones off the bench as the Atlanta Hawks are considered dangerous on the floor due to the squad's versatile kind of game.
The Atlanta Hawks have three solid three-point shooters, like DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague and each of the starters offer strong play from downtown.
Game 3 of the Warriors vs Hawks NBA Eastern Conference Finals will be on Sunday (8:30pm EST), May 24, to be held at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland.
To keep up to date, go to the NBA Playoffs: Conference Finals Schedule site to track how your favorite NBA team is doing.
For those interested in more NBA Playoff action, here is how and when to watch the games online. Go to the NBA Stream site for this action, and be sure to check to see if you are in the right time zone:
For those who are interested in watching these games on television, here are the stations they will play on according to the National TV Schedule on the NBA Site. Any Tuesday or Wednesday game will be on the NBA on TNT. For Thursday and Friday, check on ESPN. For Sunday and Monday, it is back to NBA on TNT again. As for radio times, check your area.
Those that want even more action on their phone, tablet, or computer might want to check out TNT Overtime, a way to watch enhanced coverage of the NB on TNT Live. This service allows the viewer to watch on a phone or tablet, vote for a favorite NBA player to watch live, watch live from multiple camera angles, and follow social buzz on the games and players.