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NBA Playoff Preview – Cavaliers vs Hawks Game 3

  • Updated: May 24, 2015
  • NBA Playoff Preview – Cavaliers vs Hawks Game 3

    Kyrie Irving’s Game 3 Status to Be Determined By Doctors Alone

    By Charles Jay

    When a team is missing a high-scoring point guard who was in fact the Most Valuable Player of last year’s All-Star Game, that is usually a big deal. But the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to handle that in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference championship series against the Atlanta Hawks. Of course, BetAnySports customers know that it helps when you have the best player on earth, and they absolutely do, as Lebron James scored 30 points and also handed out 11 assists in his do-everything role with the team. The Cavaliers started out the season with a “Big Three” that included power forward Kevin Love and the point guard we refer to, Kyrie Irving, but it was down to a “Big One” on Friday, and we get the feeling that’s just fine with Lebron.

    In the NBA playoff odds that have been posted on the Cavaliers vs Hawks Game 3 by the people at BetAnySports, Cleveland is a solid favorite to take a 3-0 lead in the series:

    Cleveland Cavaliers -9
    Atlanta Hawks +9

    Over 190 points -110
    Under 190 points -110

    With the Cavaliers having emerged victorious in two straight games in Atlanta, that sets the stage for a possible sweep, and Game 3 is scheduled for 8:30 PM ET on Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena. Whether Irving starts the game or not is officially questionable at the moment, but the Cavs have to feel as if they can get the job done without him.

    To give you an idea, Irving has tendinitis in his left knee, as well as a sprained foot, and he had much difficulty moving around on defense, as well as some hesitation when it came to attacking the basket. At some point it becomes wiser to just sit him down before he becomes a liability. That is exactly what coach David Blatt did on Friday.

    So we will see what happens with this formidable offensive player who, when it comes down to it, really doesn’t have to be a playmaker.

    NBA Playoff Preview – Cavaliers vs Hawks Game 3

    The Cavaliers got by with Matthew Dellavedova, a potent outside shooter, taking Irving’s place in the lineup, and there was also a heavy dose of JR Smith (who wasn’t all that effective). Cleveland’s perimeter defense got the job done once again against Atlanta, holding the Hawks to just 6-26 from three-point territory. Jeff Teague had 27 points for the Hawks in Game 1, and he was able to beat Irving off the dribble several times. So perhaps, at least for Friday’s game, it was “addition by subtraction” by giving Irving some rest.

    As can be expected, BetAnySports patrons are following along with what is happening with Irving as it might affect his availability for Sunday’s game. He took a trip down to Florida to visit with Dr. James Andrews, who made the decision that Irving would undergo some different treatment, take new medication and wear a brace. He got involved with a light workout on Saturday, which included playing a little one-on-one with some of the Cleveland coaching staff. The foot seems a lot better, but the knee is obviously still an issue.

    The Cavaliers could make a decision that Irving get some additional rest, especially with this team having such an advantage heading home for Game 3. But Blatt explained that a doctor is going to make the decision as to whether Irving can play, and whether he does will not be determined by the situation Cleveland is in. If the doctor gives the go-ahead, Irving will see action.

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