Atlanta Hawks Are Whining About ‘Professionalism’ and the Cavaliers’ 3-Point Barrage

Bryan Brandom
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The Cleveland Cavaliers hit an NBA record 25 three-pointers in their Game 2 trouncing of the Atlanta Hawks in Cleveland.

After the game, the ballers from the ATL were salty as hell.

Paul Millsap, Al Horford, and Kent Bazemore are of the opinion that LeBron James and Co. were intentionally trying to break the record after the Cavs entered halftime already five shy of the 23-make record with a 36-point lead.

"We probably wouldn't do anything like that [if we were in that position]," Horford told "… It's hard to say, but I would say no."

Millsap suggested the Cavaliers were being unprofessional.

"It's a certain way of being a professional," Millsap said. "I'm not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that's how you want to approach it, that's how you approach it. I think our team and our organization has class and I don't think we would have continued to do that, but other organizations do other things so what can you do about it?"

Bazemore thinks the tables will be turned before the series ends, and took some shots at the Cavs' psyche.

"I'm a firm believer in karma," he said. "Maybe we'll be the team to break that record soon. Everyone knows how they play. They get out in front and they're a totally different team. It is what it is. We'll see them again. That wasn't Game 4. That was only Game 2. They still have to beat us two more times before they can really celebrate anything."

LeBron wasn't having any of it. "So if the Warriors are at 72 wins, they shouldn't go for 73?" he asked on his way out of the arena.


If Cam Newton played hoops, he might suggest that if Hawks didn't want the Cavs to break the record against them, they should probably close out on defense.

And really, what more could the Cavaliers have done? I mean, they played Dahntay Jones for the final six minutes of the game. Dahntay Jones! The guy has played in 34 NBA games in the last three seasons and he hasn't even been injured. How much more can one team ease up?

A 33.1 percent career three-point shooter, Jones hit the record-breaking 24th three-ball  with over two minutes remaining.

"We ran our offense and got shots in our offense," the Duke alum said. "That's what we did. Mine were wide open. Both of mine were wide open so I don't know what they wanted me to do. I didn't have to put the ball down or nothing. I was wide open for two of them.

"I guess it's a testament to, well, I don't know what it's a testament to. We were wide open. Really, I'm dead serious. I just sat in the corner. I sat there for two shots. We didn't even push the ball in transition. I really don't understand the logic but hey, it's just one game buddy."


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