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Hawks down 5 at halftime

Needing a win to avoid falling down 2-0 in the series, Atlanta trails Cleveland 54-49 at halftime. LeBron James leads all scorers with 17 points for Cleveland. Follow live


Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Great pass by LeBron but also great job by Shumpert to slide up out of the corner to give LeBron the clear passing lane

MarkJonesESPN @MarkJonesESPN

Paul Millsap is sooo out of sync on offense. 4pts on 2/7fg. And Cavs are not even close to being an elite defensive team.

Ex-Knicks getting it done

Cleveland is getting a boost once again from its New York connection. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have combined for 12 points, helping the Cavs take a 48-40 lead over the Hawks late in the second quarter. Follow live

Kevin Pelton @kpelton

Cavs +8 with small lineups so far, though those have mostly gone against less effective non-starting lineups for the Hawks.

Hawks not going away

The Cavs stretch their lead to 10 early in the second quarter, but the Hawks used an 8-0 run to cut it back down to 2. Cleveland now leads 38-33 midway through the quarter. Follow live


Enter The Matrix

Shawn Marion checked in late in the first quarter and is on the floor to begin the second quarter in Game 2. It's his first action since Game 2 of the conference semis. He's played only 12 minutes this postseason entering tonight. Follow live

Carroll can't slow down LeBron

LeBron James has been defended by DeMarre Carroll on 6 of his 9 first-quarter plays (66.7 percent). James scored 7 of his 13 points with Carroll as his primary defender on 3-of-5 shooting (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Amin Elhassan @AminESPN

Unconscionable that the Hawks would allow Bazemore to guard LeBron out on an island like help

Hawks can't solve LeBron, shooting

LeBron James has 13 points, giving the Cavaliers a 26-21 lead in Game 2. The Hawks shot just 8-for-21 (38.1%) in the first quarter. Follow live

Dave McMenamin @mcten

LeBron goes airborn and Antic takes him down with a shove to the shoulder. LeBron's L leg got caught under him a bit on the fall.

Korver active early

Kyle Korver is 3-for-7 from the field, tied for the most shots he's taken in a quarter this season. He has a game-high eight points and the Hawks and Cavs are even at 15-15 late in the first quarter. Cleveland leads the series 1-0. Follow live


Kevin Pelton @kpelton

That fast break was a good example of Korver gravity. J.R. Smith had to stay close, creating a 2-on-1 in the paint.

LeBron outscoring Hawks

Without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, much of the scoring load falls on LeBron James, and he's been up to the task so far. He has 7 points to Atlanta's 5, and the Cavs have an 11-5 lead midway through the first quarter. Follow live

Carroll starting in must-win for Hawks

DeMarre Carroll will start for Atlanta in Game 2 vs. Cleveland, which will be playing without Kyrie Irving. No team has ever lost the first 2 conference finals games at home and come back to win the series. Follow live

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Getting ready for Game 2 with a look back

Counting the minutes until the Hawks and Cavs tip off in Atlanta? Take an all-access look at the exciting Eastern Conference finals Game 1 and watch J.R. Smith catch fire as the Hawks tried to battle the flames.


DeMarre Carroll to start

Despite suffering a bone bruise in his knee in Game 1, DeMarre Carroll will start Game 2 for the Hawks. Carroll is averaging 16.2 PPG and 6.4 RPG this postseason.

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Dellavedova takes Irving's place

With Kyrie Irving out for Game 2 with left knee tendinitis, Matthew Dellavedova will get the start for the Cavs. Dellavedova is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 assists in 18.8 minutes per game in the postseason, and 65.3 percent of all of his shots have been 3-pointers. Tip-off is at 8:30 p.m. ET