#CavsHawks Game Preview - December 12, 2017

Quicken Loans Arena 7:00 p.m. ET

Game Summary

The Cavaliers (19-8) host the Atlanta Hawks (6-20) Tuesday evening for the second-leg of their four-game homestand. Tipoff from The Q is at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

The Cavs' most recent victory came last Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 105-98, which is good for eight-straight wins at Quicken Loans Arena.

In the victory over Philly, the Cavs' defense held Philadelphia to just two points (both free throws) and zero field goals in the final 4:42. The Wine & Gold dished out 26 assists on 36 made baskets and shot 14-29 (.483) from beyond the arc in the win.

Individually, LBJ had one of his best games of the season. James scored or assisted on Cleveland’s final 22 points and finished with his third triple-double of the season with game highs of 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists, to go along with a team-high three steals in 39 minutes. With 58 triple-doubles over his regular season career, James is now one shy of tying Larry Bird (59) for the sixth-most in NBA history.

With the win over the Sixers, the Wine & Gold have now won their last 14 out of 15 contests and hold the best record in the NBA since November 11th (14-1).

Over this extremely successful 15-game stretch, the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents by an average of 9.2 points (110.8-101.6), while also outshooting them from the field (.478-.448) and from three-point territory (.384-.332).

Cleveland has also reached the century mark in scoring in 20 consecutive games (since November 1st), which is now the 2nd-longest 100+ point streak in franchise history. The team record for number of 100-point games in a row is 36, set during the 1979-80 season (1/15/80-3/3/80).

A big contributing factor to this scoring spree is the Cavs' three-point game. The squad has made at least 10 three-pointers in a franchise-record tying 16 straight contests (since November 9th). They have accomplished this feat only two other times in their history (10/25/16-11/29/16 and 3/9/16-4/5/16).

As the Cavs look to continue their impressive home winning streak, they'll have to tipoff against the struggling, yet scrappy Atlanta Hawks who have already topped the Wine & Gold once this season.

The Hawks are led by a squad of sharpshooters, including the German-born Dennis Schroder. Despite their woes, Schroder and Co. have notched at least 10 three-pointers in 15 games this season for Atlanta.

The club's defense has also played well so far this season. In terms of turnovers, the Hawks are averaging 8.9 steals per game, which is good for ninth-best in the NBA. They've also swiped 10-plus steals nine times this season and have posted 20 turnovers five times as well.

Heading into Cleveland, the Hawks have only won three of the past ten games including their most recent matchup against the New York Knicks on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. In the loss, the Hawks saw four players tally double-digit points, as well as two players who notched 20-plus (Schroder-21, Ersan Ilyasova-20).


Where to Catch the Action

TV: FOX Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100, 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega

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

#23 - LeBron James

#99 - Jae Crowder

#0 - Kevin Love

#17 - Dennis Schroder

#24 - Kent Bazemore

#12 - Taurean Prince

#7 - Ersan Ilyasova

#18 - Miles Plumlee

Status Update: (Cavs) - Isaiah Thomas, (Right hip, Out), Derrick Rose, (Left ankle sprain, Out), Tristan Thompson, (Left calf strain, Questionable), Iman Shumpert, (Left knee effusion, Out), Kevin Love, (Left hip flexor strain, Questionable)

Status Update: (Hawks) - Mike Muscala, (Ankle, Out), Dewayne Dedmon, (Left leg, Out), John Collins, (Shoulder, Out)

*Subject to change.


Head-to-Head Matchup

The Cavs and Hawks are already very familiar with each other this season, having played one another twice so far. The Hawks won the first contest, 117-115, back on November 5th before the Wine & Gold snatched the second, 121-114, on November 30th.

In their last matchup with the Hawks, the Cavs shot 41-79 (.519) from the field and made a season-high 18 three-pointers. Cleveland also had a season-best 30 assists and outrebounded Atlanta, 40-29.

LeBron has had made the most of his contests with Atlanta so far this season. In both games, James tallied a double-double, scoring 26 points and 13 assists on November 5th and 24 points and 12 assists on November 30th. His field-goal percentage against the Hawks this season is an impressive .696 percent.

The Cavs and Hawks will round out their season series in less than two months when they travel back to Philips Arena for a February 9th battle in Atlanta.


On Deck

Following Tuesday's showdown with the Hawks, the Cavs will once again break out their black NBA Statement jerseys on Thursday for a matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Tipoff from The Q is at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The Wine & Gold will then wrap up their four-game homestand on Saturday when they take on the Utah Jazz at 7:30 p.m (ET) at The Q.

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#CavsHawks Postgame: Tristan Thompson - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Tuesday's 123-114 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavs vs. Hawks - December 12, 2017

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#CavsHawks Postgame: Tristan Thompson - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Tuesday's 123-114 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 12, 2017  |  03:00

#CavsHawks Postgame: Kevin Love - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers center Kevin Love spoke with the media following Tuesday's 123-114 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 12, 2017  |  04:39

#CavsHawks Postgame: Kyle Korver - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with the media following Tuesday's 123-114 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 12, 2017  |  02:55

#CavsHawks Postgame: Coach Lue - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Tuesday's 123-114 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 12, 2017  |  07:19

#CavsHawks On-Court Postgame: Jae Crowder - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder spoke with FOX Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton following Tuesday's 114-99 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 12, 2017  |  01:37

#CavsHawks Postgame: LeBron James - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's 123-114 victory against the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dec 12, 2017  |  05:00

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 123, Hawks 114

LeBron James leads all scoring with 25 points to go along with 17 assists as the Cavaliers get the win over the Hawks, 123-114.
Dec 12, 2017  |  01:39

LeBron James Scores 25 In Win vs. Hawks

LeBron James ties his career-high in assists with 17 dimes to go along with 25 points as the Cavaliers get the win over the Hawks.
Dec 12, 2017  |  02:38

James Ties Career-High with 17 Assists

LeBron James shines as a distributor against the Hawks as he ties his career-high with 17 assists.
Dec 12, 2017  |  02:50

LBJ Rocks the Rim

LeBron James blows past the Hawks defense and crushes home the emphatic flush.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:07

Frye Getting Defensive in the Paint

Channing Frye puts in work in the paint blocking one shot and contesting another.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:10

Crowder Powers Home the Hoop and Harm

Jae Crowder gets big in the paint and muscles home the bucket, plus the foul.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:10

Swish with the Dish to LBJ

JR Smith drops the nice dime off to a cutting LeBron James for the monster slam.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:12

KLove Muscles Home the And-One

Kevin Love gets physical in the paint and converts the tough and-one.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:11

Featured Highlight: Green with the And-One Flush

LeBron James throws the pretty bounce pass to Jeff Green who finishes with the flush, plus the foul.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:09

Cavs Can Nine Triples in the 1Q

The Wine & Gold catch fire from downtown in the first quarter against the Hawks, canning nine triples in the opening stanza during this Goodyear 'More Driven' highlight.
Dec 12, 2017  |  01:42

Highlight in freeD: KLove Nets Three

Experience freeD action as Kevin Love side-steps the defense to can the trey to open up the game.
Dec 12, 2017  |  00:13

#CavsHawks Shootaround: LeBron James - December 12, 2017

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Tuesday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Dec 12, 2017  |  04:40

Practice: Tristan Thompson - December 11, 2017

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Dec 11, 2017  |  08:25

Practice: Coach Lue - December 11, 2017

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Monday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Dec 11, 2017  |  06:05