The Atlanta Hawks won 3 out of 4 meetings against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA regular season. Paul Milsap was their best player in all 4 games as he averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the series while shooting 55% from the field. DeMarre Carroll who will have the job of guarding LeBron James, averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 48% from the field. Kyle Korver could be a huge factor in this series but averaged just 7.8 points in the 4 match ups with the Cavs this year.

LeBron played well against the Hawks this year, averaging 23.7 points, 5 rebounds and 5.7 assists, while shooting 53% from the field and 45% from downtown. With no Kevin Love, LeBron will have to take his game to an even higher level (is that possible?) against Atlanta. Kyrie Irving will have to help him out in a big way. Irving averaged 21 points, 2.5 rebounds and 6 assists against Atlanta this season and shot 49% from the field, but struggled from behind the arch, shooting 28% from 3pt.

Using NBA 2K15, we simulated the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers and here are the results:

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Cavaliers Series Stats

  • Kyrie Irving 31 points, 4.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 2.4 steals, 56% from the field, 51% 3pt
  • LeBron James 23.4 points, 10.4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1.8 steals, 46% from the field
  • Iman Shumpert 15.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 51% from the field
  • J.R. Smith 13.6 points, 4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 35% from the field, 29% 3pt
  • Tristan Thompson 7.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.6 blocks, 47% from the field 

Hawks Series Stats

  • Al Horford 19.2 points, 15 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 49% from the field
  • Jeff Teague 18.2 points, 10.2 assists, 1.6 steals, 47% from the field
  • Kyle Korver 15.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3 assists, 41% from the field, 36% 3pt
  • DeMarre Carroll 14 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 46% from the field
  • Paul Milsap 10.8 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 40% from the field

Game 1 (Cavs 1-0)

Cavaliers 110 - Hawks 94

  • Kyrie Irving 34 points, 7 assists, 5 steals (6-12 3pt)
  • LeBron James 23 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists
  • J.R. Smith 16 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists
  • Iman Shumpert 13 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists

  • Kyle Korver 26 points, 7 rebounds (4-12 3pt)
  • Jeff Teague 21 points, 8 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals
  • DeMarre Carroll 16 points, 6 rebounds

Game 2 (Cavs 2-0)

Cavaliers 111 - Hawks 81

  • Kyrie Irving 40 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals (7-12 3pt)
  • LeBron James 17 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals
  • Iman Shumpert 14 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists 
  • Tristan Thompson 8 points, 13 rebounds

  • Jeff Teague 24 points, 6 assists
  • Al Horford 21 points, 18 rebounds, 3 steals
  • Paul Milsap 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Kyle Korver 4 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists (0-7 3pt)

Game 3 (Cavs 2-1)

Hawks 112 - Cavaliers 92

  • Kyle Korver 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists (7-11 3pt)
  • DeMarre Carroll 21 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals
  • Al Horford 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks
  • Jeff Teague 15 points, 14 assists

  • LeBron James 24 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
  • Iman Shumpert 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists
  • Timofey Mozgov 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Kyrie Irving 10 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists 

Game 4 (Cavs 3-1)

Cavaliers 111-103

  • Kyrie Irving 36 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals (5-8 3pt)
  • LeBron James 34 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals (4-7 3pt)
  • J.R. Smith 13 points, 6 assists (3-4 3pt)

  • Al Horford 24 points, 14 rebounds
  • Paul Milsap 20 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Jeff Teague 15 points, 10 assists
  • Kyle Korver 9 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists (2-10 3pt)

Game 5 (Cavs 4-1)

Cavaliers 111 - Hawks 87

  • Kyrie Irving 35 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals (3-6 3pt)
  • LeBron James 19 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks
  • Iman Shumpert 18 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
  • J.R. Smith 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks

  • Al Horford 29 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block
  • Jeff Teague 16 points, 3 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals
  • Kyle Korver 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists (3-4 3pt)
  • DeMarre Carroll 9 points, 12 rebounds
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