The Atlanta Hawks went into Cleveland and stunned LeBron James and company earlier this season. With more than a month between contests, quite a bit has changed on both sides but, on Tuesday, the Hawks will have the opportunity to play spoiler against the Cavaliers once again.
This time around, though, Cleveland is playing (much) better basketball and the Hawks have a weaker roster position in comparison. The Cavs are expected to have Tristan Thompson back for this particular contest and, while Atlanta could conceivably have John Collins (listed as questionable) in the lineup, there is still a rather stark talent gap between the two teams.
Another significant story line will be Dennis Schröder on the heels of a benching on Sunday evening and some interesting comments after the fact. It would be stunning if the point guard did not play a very prominent role but, in the same breath, Schröder will be under the microscope to some degree given the context.
Still, the Hawks have had a knack for keeping things competitive against the defending Eastern Conference champs in the recent past and that could continue here. Cleveland is a significant Las Vegas favorite (with a 91 percent win probability on FiveThirtyEight) but, as we’ve seen, anything can happen when these two teams get together on the same floor.
Stay tuned throughout the afternoon and evening for all the festivities and we will see if the Hawks can emerge with back-to-back victories and a weekend sweep.
Game Date/Time: Tuesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. ET
Location: Quicken Loans Arena
TV: Fox Sports Southeast, Fox Sports Go, NBA League Pass
Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta)