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.
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 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 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 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.