INDEPENDENCE, Ohio– Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the number one seed in the east: the Atlanta Hawks, in the Eastern Conference Finals.
For the first time in the playoffs, the Cavs begin on the road. They flew down to Georgia Tuesday afternoon and are getting ready for an 8:30 tip-off Wednesday night.
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A lot has happened to the Wine and Gold and most of it good since they were 19-20 in January. From regular season, to the contentious Bulls series, the Cavs have gotten more and more blended into a solid unit that seems to buy into the team’s slogan: ‘All In.’ Coach David Blatt said he’s discovered that his team doesn’t give up. “That we have the ability to adapt to different situations; we have a lot of guys here who really want to win.”
All-Star guard Kyrie Irving had a “light, but good” practice Tuesday.
Irving has been slowed by knee and foot injuries during the postseason, but expects to play in the opener against the Hawks on Wednesday night. Blatt has been pleased with Irving’s progress and said Tuesday he hopes Irving “wakes up tomorrow feeling great.”
Irving aggravated tendinitis in his left knee during Cleveland’s Game 6 series-clinching win over Chicago. But the time off has helped him and some of the other injured Cavs recover.
Forward Tristan Thompson said the rest has helped his bruised left shoulder, which he hurt in a scary fall in Game 6. Thompson says he’s “ready to bang” with the Hawks, who beat the Cavs three times during the regular season.
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