#CavsHawks Game Preview - February 9, 2018

Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. ET
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Game Summary

The Cavaliers (31-22) hit the road to round out their four-game season series with the Atlanta Hawks (17-38) on Friday night. Tipoff from Philips Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. (ET).

The Wine & Gold are heading into their upcoming three-game road trip confident after topping the Minnesota Timberwolves, 140-138, in a thrilling overtime duel on Wednesday at The Q.

In the win, LeBron James took it upon himself to seal the deal after he hit the game-winning shot as time expired in overtime. It was his fifth career game-winning buzzer beater (1/23/09 at GSW, 5/22/09 vs. ORL, 5/22/13 vs. IND, 5/10/15 vs. CHI) and 20th career game winning basket in the final 20 seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime (regular and postseason, FTM and FGM).

As a whole, the Cavaliers set a season-high in points (140) and field goal percentage (.591, 52-88), while dishing out 33 assists. The Wine & Gold’s 140 points were the most points scored by the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (prev. 137, 11/23/16 vs. POR).

Cleveland also connected on a season-high 21 three-pointers (21-41, .512) against the Timberwolves, which was the second time this season they knocked down at least 20 triples.

Heading into the contest with the Hawks, JR Smith has now made at least three, three-pointers in five of the last seven games (since January 26), shooting a combined .462 (24-52) from long range and averaging 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 30.0 minutes over that stretch.

Tristan Thompson has also been on a roll after he set season-highs in scoring in each of the last two games. Over that span, he is averaging 14.5 points (.722 FG%, 13-18 FG) and 7.0 rebounds in 28.0 minutes.

As the Cavs prepare to close out the season series with the Hawks on a strong note, Atlanta will be looking to stretch their mini win streak into three games by the time the final whistle blows.

Despite what their record shows, the Hawks have been turning things up these past couple weeks, winning their past two of three. One of the key contributing factors to their recent success has been their balanced bench play.

The Hawks reserves have been stepping up in a huge way, especially in their last matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. In their win over the Grizzlies on Tuesday night, Atlanta saw three reserve players score in double digits with John Collins leading the way with 16 points. This depth, along with their starting backcourt duo of Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore, will be geared up to host a limited Cavs roster following Thursday's Trade Deadline despite not being able to top the Orlando Magic last night.

When the Deadline dust settled, the Cavaliers parted ways with Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose and added Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill and Rodney Hood. The newly acquired Cavs are not expected to play in Friday's matchup in the ATL.


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

Programming Note: On Friday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Blue Jackets – Capitals game (7:00 p.m.) and the Cavs – Hawks game (7:30 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.

For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.


Probable Starters/Status Update*

#81 - Jose Calderon

#5 - JR Smith

#16 - Cedi Osman

#23 - LeBron James

#13 - Tristan Thompson

#17 - Dennis Schroder

#24 - Kent Bazemore

#12 - Taurean Prince

#7 - Ersan Ilyasova

#18 - Miles Plumlee

Status Update: (Cavs) - Kevin Love, (Left hand fracture, Out)

Status Update: (Hawks) - DeAndre' Bembry, (Left adductor strain, Out), Tyler Cavanaugh, (Right ankle sprain, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

As mentioned, this is the final time the Cavaliers and Hawks will do battle this regular season.

The Cavaliers have won the last two meetings against the Hawks and lead the season series 2-1. In the three games against Atlanta this season, Cleveland is averaging 119.7 points on .502 shooting from the field, .425 (48-113) from three-point range and .817 from the foul line. They’ve also dished out 30.7 assists and made an average of 16.0 threes versus the Hawks in 2017-18.

It seems that Cleveland likes playing the Hawks on the road after topping them twice this season at Philips Arena. In fact, Cleveland is 7-1 in their last eight visits (including playoffs) at Philips Arena, which includes a 121-114 win on November 30.

Overall, the Wine & Gold are 10-3 against Southeast Division opponents this season, including the Hawks.


On Deck

Following Friday's matchup with the Hawks, the Cavs will head up to Boston to battle the Celtics on Sunday for a 3:30 p.m. (ET) matinee contest at TD Garden. The Wine & Gold will then round out their three-game road trip on Tuesday in Oklahoma City as they take on the Thunder heading into the All-Star Break.

FULL SCHEDULE

#CavsHawks Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from the ATL to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Hawks on Friday.

Cavs at Hawks - February 9, 2018

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#CavsHawks Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from the ATL to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Hawks on Friday.
Feb 10, 2018  |  04:43

#CavsHawks Postgame: Kyle Korver - November 30, 2017

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with the media following Friday's 123-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Feb 10, 2018  |  03:11

#CavsHawks Postgame: Jeff Green - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers forward Jeff Green spoke with the media following Friday's 123-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Feb 9, 2018  |  02:51

#CavsHawks Postgame: Cedi Osman - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Friday's 123-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Feb 9, 2018  |  03:48

#CavsHawks Postgame: LeBron James - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Friday's 123-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Feb 9, 2018  |  04:48

#CavsHawks Postgame: Coach Lue - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's 123-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:30

LeBron James Records Triple-Double In Win Vs. Hawks | February 8th, 2018

LeBron James records his second-straight triple-double with 22 points, 19 assists, and 12 rebounds.
Feb 9, 2018  |  02:01

Kyle Korver Scores 30 In Win vs. Hawks

Kyle Korver comes off the bench and drains seven 3-pointers to give him a game-high 30 points on the night.
Feb 9, 2018  |  02:00

#CavsHawks On-Court Postgame: Kyle Korver - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Friday's 123-107 victory over the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Feb 9, 2018  |  01:55

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 123, Hawks 107

LeBron James records his second-consecutive triple-double with 22 points, 17 assists, and 12 rebounds as the short-handed Cavaliers beat the Hawks 123-107. Dennis Schroder scored 25 points for Atlanta
Feb 9, 2018  |  02:12

George Hill and Rodney Hood on Joining the Cavs

Newly acquired guards George Hill and Rodney Hood speak with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton about joining the Wine & Gold.
Feb 9, 2018  |  02:03

Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. on Coming to Cleveland

FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton caught up with the newest Cavaliers, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., to discuss coming to The Land.
Feb 9, 2018  |  02:01

Featured Highlight: Korver Cans Triple at the Buzzer

Kyle Korver heats up in the second half and caps off a tremendous third quarter with a triple at the horn.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:27

Jeff Green Throws the Hammer Down

Jeff Green streaks down the lane and throws the hammer down.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:24

Tristan Rocks the Rim

JR Smith feeds Tristan Thompson on the lob pass for the emphatic finish.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:08

Cedi Osman with the And-One

Cedi Osman runs the floor and gets the bucket to fall, plus the foul.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:18

T.T. with the Tip at the Buzzer

Tristan Thompson crashes the offensive glass and gets the tip in just before the end of the first half.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:11

Jeff Green with the Hoop and the Harm

Jeff Green gets past the Hawks defense, draws the foul and converts the layup in this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:20

T.T. Runs the Floor for the Flush

Tristan Thompson hustles down the floor and LeBron James rewards him with the pretty dime for the fastbreak flush.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:17

JR Lobs Tristan

JR Smith throws the high-handoff to Tristan Thompson who skies high for the alley-oop finish.
Feb 9, 2018  |  00:23

#CavsHawks Shootaround: LeBron James - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media prior to Friday's shootaround at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Feb 9, 2018  |  08:36

#CavsHawks Shootaround: Coach Lue - February 9, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Friday's shootaround at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
Feb 9, 2018  |  07:10