The Atlanta Hawks will try to string together another three-game winning streak Friday night when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Hawks have won two straight games but blew a 22-point lead in the fourth quarter Wednesday and needed double overtime to put away the Pistons. Atlanta lost the earlier meeting between the two clubs 113-111 thanks to an Alonzo Gee putback in the games final moments. The Cavs beat the Hawks up on the boards in that game and Atlanta will be trying to avoid a repeat in that department.
The Cavs come into the game having won two straight but are just 7-23 on the season and among the bottom dwellers in the Eastern Conference standings. Byron Scott will have his point guard back for this matchup with the Hawks. Kyrie Irving sat out the earlier meeting with a finger injury but is back now and averaged 22.0 points and seven assists in three games last season against the Hawks.
Atlanta will be without guard Devin Harris for a fifth straight game after he did not travel to Cleveland with the club. Larry Drew has been holding out DeShawn Stevenson in back-to-backs so he will likely either not play tonight or in tomorrow's game against the Pacers back in Atlanta. The Hawks could get a boost in the rebounding department if Anderson Varejao is unable to play for the Cavs. Varejao is currently listed as questionable with a knee injury and has missed the last four games.
Game Date/Time: Friday, December 28, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Radio: 680 The Fan, 93.7 FM
Online Streaming: NBA League Pass Broadband