The Cavaliers win 118-88. James scores 23 points, Smith scores 18 points and Thompson scores 16 points and 11 rebounds. Teague scores 17 points and Millsap scores 16 points for the Hawks. Cleveland wins East Series 4-0. James on NBA Finals:
I’m a guy who believes in unfinished business…I understood what these people were going through, the people here. Not only in Cleveland but Northeast Ohio and all over the world who love and bleed wine and gold. To be at this point tonight, it’s very emotional.
We’re in Cleveland. Nothing is easy here.
The Cavaliers win 114-111. James scores 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists, Dellavedova scores 17 points and Smith scores 17 points. Teague scores 30 points and Millsap scores 22 points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 3-0. James on Game 3:
I gave everything I have.
On exhaustion colapse:
I’ve been better. I play to exhaustion. I give as much as I can give, and sometimes the body just shuts down…In overtime I asked to come out, but I actually had a second thought. I wouldn’t have felt right about the situation. It was mind over matter there for me. I’m playing through a lot but it doesn’t matter. If I’m putting on the uniform and I’m on the floor, I have to make things happen for our team. It’s that simple.
Coach Blatt on James:
He just wouldn’t let us lose.
Coach Budenholzer on Game 3 loss:
I’m very proud of the way our guys competed.
Cavaliers win 94-82. James scores 30 points, 11 rebounds assists and Thompson gets 16 . Schroder scores 11 points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 2-0. Coach Blatt on James:
How much does it help to have LeBron on your team?. Do I really have to answer that?
On his birthday wish:
Just a Cavs win. That’s all I’m asking for.
Coach Budenholzer on Game 2 loss:
In the playoffs, it takes more. It takes better execution, better screening. You’ve got to do things harder.
The Cavaliers win 97-89. James scores 31 points, Mozgov scores ten points and 11 rebounds. Teague scores 27 points, Horford scores 16 points, Millsap scores 13 points and Kent Bazemore scores ten points for the Hawks. Cleveland leads East Finals 1-0. Coach Blatt on Lebron:
When he gets hot. He gets smoking hot.
Coach Budenholzer on Carroll:
DeMarre is a complete player. He has a big impact at both ends of the court.
Once I start shooting. Everybody keeps telling me to keep shooting.
James on Carroll injuries:
We’re all a brotherhood. You don’t want anybody to get hurt like that.
The Hawks win 94-91. Carroll scores 25 points, Teague scores 20 points and Millsap scores 20 points. Beal scores 29 points for the Wizards. Atlanta wins East Semifinal Series 4-2. Korver on Game 6:
It went in and it’s just like, `You’ve got to be kidding me. That did NOT just happen’. I thought he got it off. I was getting ready for overtime. And then … you’re like, ‘Heeeeyyyy! All right! We’ll take it!’.
I was about to cry. I said, `Not again.’ … But the basketball gods were on our side.
I still feel, and I know our guys feel, we should have won this series.
The Hawks win 82-81. Horford 23 points and 11 rebounds. Beal scores 23 points, Pierce scores 11 points, Porter scores nine points and ten rebounds and Wall scores 15 points, seven assists and four steals for the Wizards. Atlanta leads East Semifinals Series 3-2. Horford on Game 5:
I wasn’t supposed to be involved in the play at all. When I saw the ball go up, I just ran in there.
Coach Budenholzer on Horford:
A heck of a play by Al.
Coach Wittman on Game 5 loss:
Hey, these guys are fighting. I love it. They made one more play than us.
Wizards win 103-101. Beal scores 17 points, Pierce scores 13 points. Teague scores 18 points, Schroder scores 18 points for the Hawks. Washington leads East Semifinals 2-1. Pierce on Game 3 victory:
I’m still soaking it up. because I don’t have too many more of these left.
Beal on Wizards win:
We got comfortable. We thought the game was over.
Porter on Game 3 win:
Luckily we didn’t all get on top of him. Just try to save his body for the next game.
The Hawks win 106-90. Carroll scores 22 points, Horford scores 18 points and Millsap scores a double-double (18 points and 11 rebounds). Sessions scores 21 points, Beal scores 2o points and seven assists and Pierce scores 15 points for the Wizards. The East Semifinals are tied 1-1.
Carroll on Game 2:
We knew this was a game we had to win. It was kind of a funky game.
Bazenmore on Wizards:
It’s dangerous, man. Oh, their best player is not playing, so they don’t have a chance. But they still have a very dangerous team.
Sessions on team:
Just try to push the team, just like John does. It wasn’t just me. Everybody tried to step up.
The Wizards win 104-98. Beal scores 28 points, Wall scores a double-double (18 points and 13 assists) and Pierce scores 19 points. Carroll scores 24 points, Horford scores 17 points, 17 rebounds for the Hawks. Washington leads East Semifinals Round 1-0.
Wall on Game 1 victory:
Just withstanding adversity. We know they’re going to come out and give us a punch right away.
We kept talking about it’s a long game. We got better and better and better.
Horford on Game 1 loss:
Our pace was better in the first half. Maybe in the second half, we were just tired or whatever.
The Hawks win 111-87. Millsap scores 25 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Korver scores 20 points and Carroll scores 20 points. Lopez scores 19 points for the Nets. Atlanta wins East First Round Series 4-2.
Carroll on wins Series:
We believe. and we believe that when we are playing the right way, as you seen tonight, we can beat anybody.
We didn’t play that well the first three games. I didn’t think we had our edge. I think coming here and losing two kind of woke of us.
Williams on Nets loss:
We wanted to make the playoffs. We did, and we thought we put up a great effort against this team that’s the best in the East.
The Hawks win 107-97. Carroll scores 24 points,Horford scores a double-double ( 20 points and 15 rebounds) Teague scores 20 points and Korver scores 17 points. Anderson scores 23 points and Johnson scores 18 points. Atlanta leads East First Round Series 3-2.
Carroll on Game 5 performance:
It’s the playoffs. You don’t have injuries in the playoffs.
The playoffs are a new season.
This was a game we really wanted to get.
Coach Hollins on Game 5 loss:
They knocked us back in the beginning. But we fought back.
The Nets win 120-115. Williams scores 35 points, Lopez scores 26 points and 10 rebounds. Teague scores 20 points, 11 assists, Carroll scores 20 points and Korver scores 16 points,11 rebounds for the Hawks. The Nets are tied 2-2 in the East First Round Series.
Williams on Game 4:
We really needed to get this one to stay in the series. and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net.
Coach Budenholzer on Hawks loss:
This is what the playoffs are all about. What we expect is to be challenged, and this is a great challenge for us.
Coach Hollins on Game 4 win:
What a basketball game that was. To me, that’s what playing this sport is all about.
The Nets win 93-81. Lopez scores 22 points, 13 rebounds, Young scores 18 points and 11 rebounds and Bogdanovic scores 19 points. Carroll scores 22 points and Millsap scores a double-double (18 points and 17 rebounds). Atlanta leads East First Round Series 2-1.
Coach Budenholzer on Game 3 loss:
I think they’re a confident group, just like we are. It’s the playoffs. I think they’ve played well really for stretches from the beginning and it’s going to be a series.
From the beginning of the game, they had more of an edge than we did. This was a big game for them and they came out and handled their business.
Korver on Game 3:
I didn’t get any good looks early and I tried to force a couple late. I need to be better on Monday.
The Hawks win 96-91. Millsap scores 19 points, Horford scores a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) and Korver scores 17 points. Jack scores 23 points and Lopez scores 20 points for the Nets. Atlanta leads the East First Round Series 2-0.
We’re kind of playing on the edge right now…Once the game started, I was good.
We feel fortunate that we made just enough plays, just enough stops.
Jack on Nets loss:
All is not lost. Our confidence is high.
The Hawks win 99-92. Korver scores 21 points, Carroll scores 17 points. Johnson scores 17 points, Lopez scores 17 points for the Nets. Atlanta leads East First Round Series 1-0. Millsap on his teammates:
It’s going to be tough to just blow teams out. It’s the playoffs. You expect them to hang in there and fight hard.
If you don’t believe you can play in this series, you should believe it now.
Johnson on the Nets’ loss:
This is going to be a tough series. This is one game. We’ve got to put it behind us.
On Hawks’ crowd boos:
It didn’t affect me. I pretty much expect it.
The Bulls win 91-85. Brooks scores 23 points, Butler scores 21 points and Gasol scores a double-double (18 points and 13 rebounds). Schroder scores 21 points and Horford scores 14 points for the Hawks. Gasol:
We have to want it more than anybody else. The resiliency that we have, we’ve got to turn it into a determination and understand that every game in the playoffs is critical.
Millsap on the Hawk’s performance:
We feel like we can really do something. It’s up to us going out there and proving it.
When you have a lot of moving parts, it can get choppy. We have to hit the ground running. We’re here now. We’ll see.
The Hawks win 114-111. Horford scores 24 points and Scott scores 20 points and eight rebounds. Lopez scores a double-double (26 points and ten rebounds) and Williams has 14 assists for the Nets. Coach Budenholzer:
Brooklyn made a heck of a comeback. For our guys to keep their poise and to keep their composure and stay together and execute in some crucial moments on both ends of the court, that’s what you need going down the stretch.
No, not at all. Our focus (was) on this game, this team. We did a good job of that. We came out and we were ready to play.
Tonight they came out, hit us in the mouth early, but we just stayed with it. We fought, we clawed and that’s just the resilience that we have if we want to make it to that goal that we set for ourselves at the beginning of the season.
The Hawks win 96-69. Muscala scores 16 points and Horford scores 14 points. Green scores 15 points for the Suns. Korver on winning more regular-season games than any Hawks team.:
It’s not our goal. It’s just one of the things as we’re chasing our ultimate goal. Things like this can happen. It’s definitely something to be proud of.
I don’t think we were thinking about the franchise record, We were just trying to turn it up and get a sense of urgency. The playoffs are right around the corner, and we want to have a good rhythm going into it.
We played hard in stretches, but they kept coming, Their bench comes in there and plays just as hard. They had some energy guys, and we didn’t. In the second half, they just kept going and going.
The Hawks win 131-99. Horford scores 20 points, Carroll scores 20 points, three rebounds. Bogdanovic scores 19 points for the Nets. Coach Budenholzer on Millsap’s injuries:
We’ll evaluate it and know more (Sunday) and Monday.
On referees no foul calls:
I thought he got ran over, but it was a loose ball and both guys were going after it.
I think the most important thing was the sense of urgency. It was good to see us moving the ball, doing the little things we were doing when we won 19 in a row.
They beat us. From start to finish. It was a good whipping. There’s nothing else that I can say. They dominated the game.
The Pistons win 105-95 against the Hawks. Drummond scores 22 points and 13 rebounds, Tolliver scores 13 points and ten rebounds. Sefolosha scores 19 points, Horford scores 16 points. Coach Budenholzer:
We wanted to really give the starting group with Jeff (Teague), Kyle (Korver), DeMarre (Carroll) and Paul (Millsap) a lot of reps together and a lot of time together.
I was a little under the weather, and I felt it before the game, but I tried to give the guys everything I could.
Coach Van Gundy:
Joel is always ready to give us great defense and John hadn’t played in weeks, but when we needed him tonight, he was there to get us through the game. Caron and Tayshaun, too. This is just a great group of veterans working with a young core.
The Hawks win 101-88 against the Bucks. Caroll scores 23 points. Antetokounmpo scores 18 points for the Bucks. The Hawks has the number one seed in the East and plays an easy schedule and plans to stay healthy for the playoffs. Caroll:
We’re trying to get our mojo back, get our momentum back going to the playoffs.
I’m so tired of wearing this mask. I can’t wait for it to be over.
When you play against the best in the East, you have to compete.
The Hornets win 115-100 aginst the Hawks. Walker scores 21 points, Williams scores 18 points. Bazemore scores a career-high 20 points, Muscala scores 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks. Coach Budenholzer:
Defensively was where there was the most slippage, but they played the way we want to play and did a lot of things.
I did get some pull-up jumpers to go down and shot some 3s.
Obviously we caught a break with them resting their guys.