Game 72: Hawks at Cavs
at Quicken Loans Arena
RADIO/TV: WTAM/Fox Sports Ohio
WHAT HAPPENED The Hawks led from wire-to-wire and were never seriously threatened. Once again, the Cavs didn't show up on Joe Tait night.
The veteran announcer returned after missing the entire regular season to date. Observers say he did pretty well after not broadcasting a game since early October.
If only the Cavs played with the same passion.
The Hawks came into the game having lost eight of their previous 12 games. That didn't make one difference. The Hawks are a good road team, as they improved to 20-17 away from Philips Arena.
They played without leading scorer Joe Johnson, who has a sprained right thumb. But Marvin Williams slipped into the shooting guard spot and responded with a season-high 31 points.
The Cavs shot just 37 percent from the field on the night. There were some ugly numbers: Christian Eyenga was 1 of 6, Luke Harangody was 2 of 6, Anthony Parker was 1 of 5 and Ryan Hollins 1 of 4.
Hollins had been playing pretty well as of late. However, he played 26 minutes on Sunday and you didn't even know he was on the court. He had two points and five rebounds.
Coach Byron Scott has no real options, especially with the wrist injury to Samardo Samuels. It's unknown whether it's severe enough to keep him out of Tuesday's game against the Heat.
SF Alonzo Gee (6-6, 219) vs. Josh Smith (6-9, 234)
PF J.J. Hickson (6-9, 242) vs. Al Horford (6-10, 246)
C Ryan Hollins (7-0, 240) vs. Jason Collins (7-0, 255)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Marvin Williams (6-9, 240)
PG Ramon Sessions (6-3, 190) vs. Kirk Hinrich (6-4, 190)
Cavs – F Antawn Jamison, C Anderson Varejao, C Semih Erden.
Hawks – G Joe Johnson, F Pape Sy.
Dan Crawford, Matt Boland, Marat Kogut.