NBA
Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Tuesday, May 5 at 8pm et Hawks 72 at Cavaliers 99 Recap | Box
2 Thursday, May 7 at 8pm et Hawks 85 at Cavaliers 105 Recap | Box
3 Saturday, May 9 at 8pm et Cavaliers 97 at Hawks 82 Recap | Box
4 Monday, May 11 at 7pm et Cavaliers 84 at Hawks 74 Recap | Box
Cavaliers win series 4-0

Cleveland Cavaliers

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Regular Season Record: 66-16
Head-to-Head Record: 1-3
Last NBA Championship: Never
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2007
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008

How They Got Here: The Cavs dropped the Pistons in four straight games, wrapping that series up on April 26 and providing themselves with plenty of rest before the second round. Cleveland's sweep of Detroit gave them their eighth straight playoff win over Detroit dating back to the conference finals in 2007.

A Reason To Cheer For The Cavaliers: Coming off the most successful regular season in franchise history, the Cavaliers are a strong contender to make it deep in the post-season. The team has never won an NBA championship, having come close back in 2006-07 when they made it to the Finals, only to be swept by the Spurs. The Cavs were eliminated by the eventual-champion Celtics in the Conference semi-final last season, and they're hungry to make their second LeBron-era trip to the big show. With the best home record in the NBA, the Cavs are practically unstoppable in Cleveland. The structured style of Cleveland's offence and defence gives them a solid foundational structure to work from for playoff success because it minimizes the likelihood of major meltdowns. The sheer power of LeBron James is enough to change the momentum of any game, and the team's disciplined approach lends itself to post-season success. Look for the Cavs to make a serious run - there's no reason to think otherwise.

Players to Watch: LeBron James, Mo Williams, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Delonte West, Anderson Varejao


Atlanta Hawks

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Regular Season Record: 47-35
Head-to-Head Record: 3-1
Last NBA Championship: 1958 (as St. Louis Hawks)
Last NBA Finals Appearance: 1961 (as St. Louis Hawks)
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008

How They Got Here: The Hawks beat the Heat in a hard-fought, seven-game series.

A Reason To Cheer For The Hawks: Just four seasons ago, in 2004-05, the Hawks were the worst team in the NBA, compiling a dreadful 13 wins during that campaign. By 2007, Atlanta became the squad that had gone the most seasons in a row without making the playoffs (eight). They had also lost 50-plus games in four consecutive years and hadn't won an NBA title since 1958, when they were the St. Louis Hawks. The Hawks haven't made it beyond the second round of the playoffs in their time in Atlanta - that's since 1968! This could be the year that changes.

Players to Watch: Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Mike Bibby, Marvin Williams, Al Horford


Big Tour

A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


2014 NBA Draft Tracker

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