The Cavaliers won their first Eastern Conference championship back in 2007, when LeBron carried them past the more experienced Detroit Pistons. This time the Cavs and LeBron are the more experienced team while the Hawks are making their first trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in franchise history.
Cavs stole home court after defeating the Hawks 97-89 in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. JR Smith provided 28 points off the bench, outscoring the Hawks bench 28-19, also setting a new Cavaliers playoff record with 8 three pointers.
LeBron also had himself a good night, dropping 31 points, 8 boards, and 6 dimes, a typical game for him. This should be an easy series for LeBron, who has never lost to the Hawks in the playoffs (Swept the Hawks in 2008 with the Cavs). This is also his 5th consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals and 7th overall. Out of all the stats that has been thrown out there about Bronny this season, and there has been a lot, I think this is the most satisfying because it signals that he has been winning, which we all know is most important.
The Hawks have been labeled as the “Spurs of the East” but they are missing some important pieces like 3 future Hall of Famers, plus a Hall of Fame coach. It's nothing wrong with emulating the Spurs but the Spurs created their own style of basketball, which to me is the best way to win for any team, creating your own style. Jeff Teague led the Hawks in scoring with 27 points but he made some bad decisions in the final stretch of the game.
The Cavs built a 85-67 lead in the 4th quarter thanks to a red hot JR Smith. I'm sure Knicks fans everywhere are were watching this game with anger and confusion. The Hawks would cut the lead down to 87-91 with less than a minute left but Bronny sealed the game when the Hawks gave him an open lane, slamming it home to put the Cavs up 6.
I personally think the Hawks lack the firepower to beat the Cavs in a 7 game series. Can they win a game, of course, they're not a bad team but they are a team with 0 superstars.