The Cleveland Cavaliers (17-26) will travel to Philips Arena to face the Atlanta Hawks (26-20) for the second time in four days on Wednesday night at 7:30. After being embarrassed by the Hawks on Jan. 21 121-94 and recently on Sunday 103-87, the Cavaliers are looking to end the regular season finale with a win for the Wine and Gold. The first game between the Hawks and the Cavaliers was played in Atlanta and the second in Cleveland. The Cavaliers are looking to avenge the one-sided losses against the Hawks by beating them.
Away record: 8-12
Points per game: 94.9 (20th overall)
Rebounds per game: 42.7 (13th overall)
Assists per game: 20.5 (19th overall)
Points allowed per game: 99.0 (25th overall)
Player(s) to watch: SG Anthony Parker and SF Alonzo Gee – 5.9 (Parker) and 10.8 (Gee) points per game, 2.3 and 1.6 assists per game, 2.3 and 4.5 rebounds per game
Home record: 13-7
Points per game: 93.7 (23rd overall)
Rebounds per game: 41.2 (25th overall)
Assists per game: 21.7 (9th overall)
Points allowed per game: 91.8 (4th overall)
Player to watch: SG Joe Johnson – 19.0 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, 3.5 rebounds per game
Johnson, who caused Parker to be replaced by Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson to start the second half of Sunday’s game against the Hawks, had a field day with Parker and the Cavaliers defense. He shot 11-16 from the field and scored 28 points and collected five assists and four rebounds. Parker will have to bug Johnson defensively all game long, but will need the help of Gee who has just recently become a regular starter. If the Cavaliers can bother Johnson all night and allow him to shoot poorly, then Cleveland will head to Orlando with a victory. The Hawks are currently sitting at the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference and the Cavaliers are a distant 10th. The Cavaliers will face another eastern playoff team in the third place Orlando Magic on Friday.