After fallback season, Hawks look to rise again in East
ATLANTA (AP) Paul Millsap tossed and turned much of the night. He didn't expect the summer to begin this soon. Millsap and the Atlanta Hawks were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinals, capping a season that fell short of expectations from start to finish. Now, the Hawks face some huge decisions, from figuring out a way to re-sign free agents-to-be Al Horford and Kent Bazemore to charting the future of the point guard position. ''It's tough, especially when you expect more,'' Millsap said
Love, James lead Cavs to another sweep, 100-99 over Hawks
ATLANTA (AP) Cleveland's Big Three is on quite a roll. Two playoff series, two sweeps. Now, the Cavaliers get to rest up for the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Love scored 27 points, LeBron James knocked down a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go, and Kyrie Irving turned in another dazzling performance to lead Cleveland past the Atlanta Hawks 100-99 on Sunday. The Cavaliers finished off the second-round series with four straight wins, just as they did in the opening round against Detroit. ''This is more than I drea
Analysis: Sefolosha's second straight start of the series went much better than his first, as he surprisingly finished as the Hawks' third-leading scorer on the day. The 32-year-old is a valuable rotation piece for his work on the defensive end, but scoring outings like Sunday are fairly rare for him. He'll conclude the postseason with averages of 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and one steal across 20.2 minutes in 10 appearances.
Analysis: The All-Star made a solid effort to take the ball inside and get to the foul line, but his measly 12 shot attempts were likely fewer than Atlanta would have liked from their top scorer. Millsap averaged a versatile 17.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.5 steals per game versus the Cavs and should be a sought-after fantasy asset once again in 2016/17.