Who?: Atlanta Hawks at Cleveland Cavaliers
What?: Eastern Conference Showdown (Game # 27, Road Game #12)
Where?: Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)
When?: Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 – 7:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680AM & 93.7FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Lou Williams | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Kyrie Irving | SG: Dion Waiters | SF: Alonzo Gee | PF: Tristan Thompson | C: Tyler Zeller
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Ivan Johnson (stomach illness) and Devin Harris (sore left foot) are out.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Anderson Varejao (right knee contusion) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (17-9) … Cleveland Cavaliers (7-23)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Won 2 / ROAD: Lost 1 … Cleveland Cavaliers –> OVERALL: Won 2 / HOME: Lost 3 / ROAD: Won 2
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (7-4) on the road … Cavs are (3-9) at home.
Atlanta Hawks: Lukewarm. Atlanta has won two in a row but just barely squeaked out a 126-119 double-overtime victory in the previous game against the woeful Detroit Pistons. The Hawks often play down to the standards of inferior teams and have quite a few scares other than the Pistons game as they have also been in two other overtime contests — both against the Washington Wizards (2-23).
Cleveland Cavaliers: Hot. The Cavs are riding a season-high two-game winning streak and had an impressive outing beating the Bucks in Milwaukee 94-82 on Dec. 22 to start their hot streak. Let’s not forget Cleveland also beat Atlanta earlier this season to snap the Hawks’ season-best six-game win streak.
Season/Past Season Series
The Hawks go to Cleveland for the first time this year in the second-of-four games with the Cavaliers. The teams play again on 1/9 (in Cleveland) and 4/1 (at Philips Arena) to finish the season series. The Cavs took the first meeting between the clubs, 113-111 on 11/30, thanks to Alonzo Gee’s basket with less than one second remaining. The win snapped Atlanta’s seven-game win streak in the series. Josh Smith’s 25 points paced six Hawks in double-figures, and Al Horford notched a double-double (15 points/11 rebounds). Jeremy Pargo’s 22 points led five Cavs players in double-digits, including three with 20-plus. The Hawks have won three consecutive games in Cleveland, with their last loss coming on 4/2/10 (93-88). Atlanta leads the all-time series 109-94, while the Cavaliers hold a 59-44 advantage in home games.
LAST MEETING – CAVS 113, HAWKS 111 – PHILIPS ARENA (ATL, GA) – 11/30/12
Alonzo Gee’s put-back with 0.4 seconds remaining was the game-winner as Cleveland rallied from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to post a 113-111 win over Atlanta at Philips Arena. The Hawks led by as-many-as 11 in the second half and nine heading into the fourth, but the Cavaliers outscored the home team 31-20 in the final frame, including a 23-8 margin over the first 10 minutes of the quarter. Six Hawks scored in double-figures, led by Josh Smith’s game-high 25 points and Al Horford’s double-double (15 points /11 rebounds). Lou Williams chipped in 18 points off the bench, while Jeff Teague scored 15 (also career-high six steals), Devin Harris 13 and DeShawn Stevenson 12. Three Cavs players scored 20-plus on the night – Jeremy Pargo 22, Dion Waiters 21 and Anderson Varejao 20 (also 18 rebounds). Cleveland had a 49-28 edge on the boards and outscored the Hawks 27-14 in second chance points. The Cavs also hit 21-22 FTs (.955), while Atlanta made 23-32 (.719).
Larry Drew coached under Byron Scott in New Jersey, and was a teammate of Scott’s with the Lakers. Donald Sloan played in five games for Atlanta in 2011-12. C.J. Miles was teammates in Utah with Kyle Korver (2007-10) and parts of two seasons with Devin Harris (2011, 2011-12). Anthony Tolliver was with the Cavs in 2007-08 but did not see any regular season action. Cleveland GM Chris Grant is a former Hawks front office executive.
Information was used from the Hawks and Cavaliers official gamenotes