Game Thread: Defense key to Game 1 of Eastern Finals

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There will be several defensive matchups to watch in the Eastern Conference Finals between the Hawks and Cavaliers. Here are a couple quotes from the participants to set up Game 1:

051315 ATLANTA: Wizards John Wall shoots for two points over Hawks Al Horford in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta.     Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

051315 ATLANTA: Wizards John Wall shoots for two points over Hawks Al Horford in their Eastern Conference Semifinals game 5 on Tuesday, May 13, 2015, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Paul Millsap on defending LeBron James on screens: “We are not going to say we are going to do one thing. We are going to mix it up, give him different looks. He is a good player. If you go under screens, he’s going to stop and shoot the 3. Give him different looks. Make it tough on him. Put a body on him. Hope for the best.”

Cavaliers coach David Blatt on top priority against Hawks: “They pose a lot of problems. They have a lot of different weapons. They play very well together on offense. They are a team that is blessed with a lot of shooting. They have five shooters on the court at mostly anytime during the course of the game. You’ve got to be ready and you’ve got to deal with that.”

Kyrie Irving on defending Jeff Teague: “We are both competitors, both lead our teams in respective ways. It’s going to be a great matchup. I just have to stay attached to him and make his shots tough and not let him play so free all the time. We definitely have some adjustments that we’ve made and going into the series I feel like we are prepared.”




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