Cavaliers are off to the best start in the league coming, 6-0 was their record heading into last night, the last team to be undefeated in the league, and they had an improved Atlanta team coming to town. Lebron had an awful first half in this game scoring just 2 points, when Lebron goes the Cavs go, and Lebron is very rarely performing that poorly that's why his team's are usually amazing. Well, tonight was one of those nights, and the Cavs were down by 11 at halftime as a result. The Hawks were playing great basketball last night, they shot 50% from the field, they out rebounded the Cavaliers, and they had three players score over 20 points. That's a recipe for success, what isn't a recipe for success is turning the ball over 19 times, and the Hawks also managed to do that. Cavaliers were playing suffocating defense, Lebron started finding his groove in the second half, the Cavaliers were starting to close the gap down by only 5 heading into the 4th. Unfortunately the Cavaliers would end up losing 110-106, they shot a miserable 37% from the field, so it's more of a testament to how dominate this Cavs team is than it is a bad loss. The Cavaliers played awful, there's no denying that, but they still almost beat one of the better teams in the Eastern conference on their worst night, that speaks volumes about how good they are in relation to their competition. Cavs had 18 more field goal attempts than the Hawks yet made 4 less shots, that's unacceptable. The Hawks gave them plenty of oppurtunities to win this game, anytime you shot more free throws, and have an 18 attempt shot advantage you should win. JR Smith shooting 2-13 and Channing Frye shooting 5-15 just can't happen. Kevin Love and Lebron didn't have good shooting percentages either, but if role players like Frye and Smith are going to shoot a high volume of shots like that they need to knock a higher percentage of them down. If they're clearly cold give those shots to Lebron and Kyrie, I'd even rather Kevin Love be getting some of those shots. Kevin Love actually seems to be finally coming into his own on this Cavaliers team, he's been averaging 22PPG and 9RPG. In the grand scheme of things obviously this lose means nothing for the Cavs, can't win every game, there's going to be bad nights where nothing seems to fall The Cavaliers biggest concern is avoiding any lapse in their team chemistry, which seems to grow with each win they get under their belt, along with making sure they avoid any major injuries to their key players. If they do that the Cavaliers will not only be in the NBA Finals again, they'll be champions again.
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