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                ***** NBA Previews from The Sports Network *****
                                 Sunday, May 24
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 
 (1) ATLANTA HAWKS (0-2) AT (2) CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (2-0), 8:30 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will shoot for a 3-0 series lead
 over  the Atlanta Hawks when they return home to Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday
 for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
 
 Cleveland swept the first two games in Atlanta thanks to extraordinary play by
 who else, LeBron James.
 
 James  finished  a rebound shy of  a triple-double, recording 30 points and 11
 assists, in a 94-82 win on Friday in Game 2.
 
 Playing  without  Kyrie Irving, James was  10-of-22 from the field and when he
 wasn't  invading the  paint and attacking the basket, he was finding teammates
 for open 3-pointers.
 
 Eight of his 11 assists led to a Cavaliers triple.
 
 "He  sees things  ahead  of time,"  Cleveland coach  David  Blatt said.  "He's
 willing to pass the ball and he believes in his teammates."
 
 James  scored  11 of his points  in a dominating third quarter where Cleveland
 outscored Atlanta 30-17 and led by as many as 20.
 
 Irving sat out Game 2 due to a lingering left knee injury. He sat out Friday's
 morning shootaround in Atlanta to undergo additional evaluation for tendinitis
 with  head team  physician Dr.  Richard Parker.  He aggravated  the injury  in
 Cleveland's 97-89 Game 1 win.
 
 Kevin  Love, of  course,  was  lost for  the  playoffs  after dislocating  his
 shoulder  during  Game 4  of the  Cavs' first-round  series against the Boston
 Celtics.
 
 Iman  Shumpert nailed  four 3s and scored 16 points, Tristan Thompson snatched
 16  rebounds  and Irving's backup,  Matthew Dellavedova, posted 11 points, six
 boards and four assists in the triumph.
 
 Atlanta  has played like  a different team than the one which went 17-0 during
 the  month of January and finished with an East-best 60-22 record. The usually
 pass-happy   and  sharp-shooting  Hawks  have  appeared  stagnant  during  the
 postseason.
 
 They  tallied  15 assists, shot just  41.8 percent (33-of-79) and made 6-of-26
 from long distance on Friday.
 
 "We've  got to be a lot better offensively," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer
 said.  "It's  important  for  us  to  screen  better  ...  they're  making  it
 difficult."
 
 DeMarre  Carroll, who  started and played just under 34 minutes despite a left
 knee  strain  suffered in Game  1, scored six  points. Dennis Schroder led the
 Hawks with 13 points.
 
 "Physically, DeMarre was in a pretty good place," Budenholzer said.
 
 Kyle  Korver suffered a  severe high right ankle sprain in Game 2 and will not
 be available again this season.
 
 Late  in  the third  quarter of  the Game  2 loss,  Dellavedova rolled over on
 Korver's  ankle  as they were  competing for a loose  ball. Korver went to the
 locker room to have x-rays, which turned up negative for a broken ankle.
 
 Despite  the injury  to Korver and the general domination by the Cavaliers, no
 one in Cleveland is suggesting this series is over.
 
 "This  is  not anywhere near  done," Blatt said. "We  have to continue to play
 right."
 
 The Hawks have won in six of the last eight trips to Cleveland.
 
 Game 4 will be Tuesday night in Cleveland.
 
 05/24 10:33:46 ET

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