ATLANTA - If this was a heavyweight fight, the referee might have already stepped in to stop it.
CLEVELAND - From his corner cubicle in Cleveland's locker room, LeBron James kept his eyes riveted on the flat-screen TV. He wanted to see every replay.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio - Arms flailing, fists pumping, a crazed look behind those designer eyeglasses, Cleveland coach Mike Brown nearly jumped out of his suit.
CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Cavaliers shook off some rust, and then the Atlanta Hawks.
ATLANTA - Marvin Williams won't start for the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Cleveland, but the fourth-year forward may get plenty of minutes.
ATLANTA - Coach Mike Woodson spent much of the last two weeks insisting that his Atlanta Hawks had to defend an entire team, not just one player.
ATLANTA - Joe Johnson was tired of all the double- and triple-teaming. So he put up a shot before Miami could get an extra defender on him.
ATLANTA - A seven-game series is supposed to be the ultimate playoff thriller.
MIAMI - A season-saving win in the books, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat walked off the court Friday night with a stoic look. No celebrating, nary even a smile.
MIAMI - Facing a win-or-else scenario, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat already would figure to have plenty of motivation.
ATLANTA - Dwyane Wade banged his head on the court. Al Horford hobbled to the locker room. Jamaal Magloire doled out a shove, and Josh Smith pushed back.
ATLANTA - Zaza Pachulia spends most of his time as an obscure backup center for the Atlanta Hawks, playing a few minutes here, a few minutes there.
MIAMI - That notion suggesting the Atlanta Hawks cannot win on the road at playoff time?
MIAMI - During the past two Miami Heat games, Jermaine O'Neal has gotten poked in the face, kicked in the leg and knocked on his back.
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade swished a 3-pointer, then turned and shook his hand like it was burning.
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