#NBAPlayoffs Roundup: May 23, 2015

When LeBron James is locked in, there’s hardly anybody on the planet who can stop him. The Hawks saw this first-hand in Game 2 as LBJ bucked the absence of sidekick Kyrie Irving to lead the Cavs’ dominance of ATL.

LeBron James was on full attack mode as the Cavs went up 2-0 heading home for Games 3 & 4.
(image by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Game Capsules from The Sports Network:

May 23, 2015:
Cleveland 94, Atlanta 82
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - A scowling LeBron James high-fived his teammates on the bench after being substituted late in the fourth quarter with a Game 2 win well in hand. Forget about the Big Three, all the Cleveland Cavaliers needed Friday night was the Big One. James finished a rebound shy of a triple-double, recording 30 points and 11 assists, as the Kyrie Irving-less Cavaliers routed the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 to open up a commanding 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. James was 10-of-22 from the field and when he wasn't invading the paint and attacking the basket, he was finding teammates for open 3-pointers. Eight of his 11 assists led to a Cavaliers triple. James scored 11 of his points in a dominating third quarter where Cleveland outscored Atlanta 30-17 and led by as many as 20. Game 3 is Sunday in Cleveland. Irving sat out Game 2 due to a lingering left knee injury. He sat out Friday's morning shootaround in Atlanta to undergo additional evaluation for tendinitis with head team physician Dr. Richard Parker. He aggravated the injury in Cleveland's 97-89 Game 1 win. Kevin Love, of course, was lost for the playoffs after dislocating his shoulder during Game 4 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Boston Celtics. Cleveland started the game by knocking down 12 of its first 20 shots from beyond the arc and held a 47-39 advantage on the glass.

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