EDITOR'S NOTE: The moment avid Filipino basketball fans have been waiting for has finally arrived: NBA Playoffs. Kami.com.ph features "The Hard Court Reports" by Eman-Reza Kazemi to capture the highlights of the NBA playoffs. It will share up-to-date game summaries and notable happenings of teams locked in the playoff race.
Schedule for May 4, 2016:
Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors CSFG1: 8AM NBA Premium TV
(also covered by ABS CBN Sports + Action at 8:30 AM)
Portland Trailblazers @ Golden State Warriors CSFG2: 10:30AM NBA Premium TV
Cleveland Cavaliers 104-93 Atlanta Hawks [Cavs Lead 1-0]
Last time LBJ faced the Atlanta Hawks was in the conference finals of the 2015 playoffs wherein the Cavaliers swept them in 4 games. Fast track to today’s game and not much is different from last time the 2 factions squared off. The Cavaliers got off to a hot shooting performance to sink 6 of their 11 attempts from 3-point range in the 1 quarter alone playing stingy defense to limit Atlanta to less than 30% field goal accuracy to conclude the 1 half. The Cavaliers entered the 2 half with only a 10 point lead. As much as this was LeBron James’ game, Hawks reserve point guard Dennis Schroder caught everyone’s attention; scoring a game high 27 points on 50% field goal shooting. He also sank 5 of 10 3-pointers and dished out 6 dimes to lead the comeback effort against the cavaliers who led by as much as 18 points entering the 4 quarter. Cleveland however were able to withstand the strong comeback performance by Atlanta by ending the game with a 17-5 run. LeBron James finished with a 25 point, 7 rebound, 9 assist, 5 steal, and 1 block performance in his conference semi-final debut this postseason. LeBron is now 9-0 against the Hawks in the post season. Game 2 is scheduled in Cleveland on May 5, 2016.
Scary moment: Kevin Love, whose last run in the post season was culminated by an early exit due to a dislocated shoulder, hurt the same shoulder after getting fouled on the 3 point line during the 4 quarter by Hawks guard Kent Bazemore. He left the game to be assessed but did return to play on. He is expected in the starting lineup for game 2.