HAWKS: Postgame Analysis | Game 2 | Hawks vs Cavs Second Round Playoff Series

Cavs 84, Hawks 74 | Game 4 | Philips Arena

The Basics

Recap | Box Score | Highlights

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  • The Cavaliers topped the Hawks 84-74 at Philips Arena to take take the best-of-seven playoff series 4-0.
  • Atlanta jumped out to a 22-15 lead in the first quarter behind 10 points from Josh Smith, but Cleveland rallied to take a 40-38 lead at halftime ... Smith finished with 16 for the half to lead the Hawks, while LeBron James' 12 paced the Cavaliers.
  • Atlanta forced 11 Cleveland turnovers (leading to 16 points) in the first half but shot only 31.6% (12-38) from the field ... The Hawks had 4 turnovers in the half (leading to 4 points).
  • The Cavs opened the third on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 10 ... The Hawks wouldn't go away and rallied to cut the deficit to 2 points, but could get no closer.
  • Smith led the Hawks with 26 points and 8 rebounds ... Joe Johnson had 18 points and 7 assists ... Flip Murray added 14 off the bench.
  • James finished with a game-high 27 points for Cleveland ... He also had 8 boards and 8 assists ... Delonte West scored 21, while Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
  • For the game, Atlanta shot 31.5% from the field (23-73), 15.4% from 3-point range (2-13) and 86.7% from the line (26-30) ... Cleveland hit 42.9% from the field (30-70), 55.6% from behind the arc (10-18) and 53.8% from the charity stripe (14-26).

Lang Whitaker's Three Things

1. The effort that has been lacking throughout the series was better tonight, but it still wasn't enough. At halftime the Hawks had 17 boards and 7 assists, while Cleveland had 24 and 13. Cleveland finished with 48 rebounds to our 33, and they seemed to be quicker to every loose ball. Maybe it was the injuries, maybe it was the fatigue of playing our 93rd game of the season. But tonight, the Hawks just didn't have it. Cleveland did.

2. Shooting both saved us (free throws) and killed us (three pointers). The Hawks have struggled to make free throws all season, but tonight they hit an astounding 26 of 30, including 10 of 12 from Josh Smith. But on the flip side, the three point shooting that won us so many games all season went cold tonight, as the Hawks went just 2 for 13 from behind the three point line. And in the most important possession of the season, with the game on the line and clock running down, the Hawks had three open three-pointer attempts from Bibby, Joe and Flip, and they missed all three threes.

3. Postgame in the Hawks locker room, guys were upset but they seemed to look at things with a bit of understanding, knowing that this season might be over, but there's still work to be done. Zaza expressed his love for the Hawks fans, Marvin Williams said he couldn't wait to return. And Joe admitted that while his sprained ankle was slowing him, nothing would've kept him out of the lineup: "If I could walk, I was gonna play." Joe also allowed that while the Hawks have a lot of decisions to make this summer, he thinks the Hawks aren't far away. "Last year we were an 8 seed, this year we were a 4. Hopefully next year we can move into that upper echelon. I don't think it's impossible if we just keep playing together and playing hard." What will happen to these Hawks in the offseason? "I don't know," said Johnson. "We'll cross that bridge when we get to it."

Round 2 Recaps:
Game 4 - Cavs 84, Hawks 74
Game 3 - Cavs 97, Hawks 82
Game 2 - Cavs 105, Hawks 85
Game 1 - Cavs 99, Hawks 72

Round 1 Recaps:
Game 7 - Hawks 91, Heat 78
Game 6 - Heat 98, Hawks 72
Game 5 - Hawks 106, Heat 91
Game 4 - Hawks 81, Heat 71
Game 3 - Heat 107, Hawks 78
Game 2 - Heat 108, Hawks 93

Game 1 - Hawks 90, Heat 64