Big crowds expected downtown as the Cavs and Indians play at home tonight

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CLEVELAND-Pull out that wine and gold again, the Cleveland Cavaliers are back in action tonight! It’s game two of this playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavaliers look to take command of their Eastern Conference Semifinal when they entertain the Hawks at the Q, starting at 8 p.m. Right now the Cavaliers are up one game against the Hawks after winning Monday night. LeBron James scored 25 points, Kyrie Irving added 21 and the Cavs withstood a strong comeback by Atlanta, beating the Hawks 104-93.

“I think it starts on the defensive side of the ball for us,” Cavaliers Guard Matthew Dellavedova said. “For the most part I think we did a pretty good job, the “O” boards and a couple of easy baskets in transition, if we take those away that will help a lot.”

So how does the team keep the momentum going? Delladova says it’s not just the players, it also comes down to the coaches and the game plan.

“We definitely all believe in the coaching staff, the game plan,” Delladova said. “All the players know the game plan, we’ve watched the film. It’s all a matter of executing it.”

Speaking of coaching, Head Coach Tyronn Lue says, for him, it’s about keeping composure and not getting rattled.

“I think when you’re calm and you’re not complaining, it carries over to your team,” Lue said. “I think if you react to every call, every shot or every single turnover it doesn’t give your team confidence.”

Tonight’s tipoff is at 8 p.m. but don’t forget about Fan Fest. That starts outside the Q two hours before each home game. It features games, food trucks music and inflatables. Then when the game starts you can watch it on two giant video screens in the plaza.

Also, downtown is all about the athletes tonight! Along with the Cavs game there is a Cleveland Indians game starting at 6:10 p.m. The Indians won last night 7-3 against the Tigers. Keep that in mind if you plan on traveling downtown. Expect to see a lot of traffic and big crowds.