On Wednesday night, the Cavaliers unleashed a barrage of three-pointers that quickly erased any hope of winning from the heart of the Hawks,who trailed 74–38 at halftime.
As Cleveland cruised to a two game lead in the series behind J.R. Smith’s 7–for–13 night from behind the arc, Atlanta’s player struggled to stay present during the blowout.
Hawks starter Kent Bazemore even made himself a little cocoon and retreated into a deep state of thought, or possibly even sleep, right there on the bench in the middle of a playoff game, proving that it's hard for even a player to pay attention when one team has an almost 40-point lead.
The Hawks will have a chance to avenge the 123–98 loss when the series moves to Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday night.
– Brendan Maloy