Cavaliers Vs. Hawks: Cleveland Follows Up Bad Loss With Another In Atlanta, 121-94

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Tristan Thompson's Ankle Being Evaluated After Injury; Christian Eyenga Called Up

With two minutes remaining in the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, power forward Tristian Thompson rolled over his ankle, which essentially crippled him for the rest of the game even though he was able to stay around. Thompson at the time was having a great game with 16 points against Atlanta, even in what became a big loss.

Now it's been announced by Sam Amico that Christian Eyenga has been called up from D-League and that Thompson is status is to be determined for the game against the Miami Heat on Tuesday. This doesn't necessarily mean that the injury is serious, but the ankle is currently being examined.

With the Cavaliers already somewhat weak and especially weak on depth, it is vital that the team doesn't get too injured during the season especially with big games like the one against the Heat on the horizon.

For more on the Cavaliers, check out Fear The Sword.

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NBA Standings 2012: Cleveland Still In The Playoff Hunt

In what was expected to be another rebuilding year the Cleveland Cavaliers are still in the playoff hunt as the NBA season reaches the quarter pole. Cleveland has played 15 of 66 games and carries a 6-9 record. While they are well behind the Bulls and Pacers in the Central Division, they are ahead of the Bucks and Pistons, allowing them to sit in third place.

In terms of the playoffs, Cleveland is right in the hunt for a playoff berth. If the season ended today, Cleveland would be the No. 8 seed in the East. They are tied with Boston at 6-9 for seventh, with New York and Milwaukee within a game of them.

As expected, there are some positives and negatives according to Fear the Sword:

#2 Kyrie Irving: A/B+

Why does Kyrie Irving get two grades? Well the first mark is grading him on a rookie scale. For a rookie that has played just 13 games in the NBA? He's been phenomenal. Spectacular, even. He leads all rookies in PER and is averaging 17.7 points per game to go along with just over 5 assists. I'm tempted to give him an A+, but his defense has been less than ideal up to this point. His willingness to work and get better lead me to believe that his defense will improve significantly as the season goes on.

For more on the Cleveland Cavaliers, go to Fear The Sword. You can also head over to SB Nation's main NBA hub at SBNation.com/NBA.

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Cavaliers Vs. Hawks Final Score: Cleveland Loses Second Stinker In A Row, 121-94

After losing by 39 points to the Chicago Bulls last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers followed that poor performance up with another blow out, getting routed by the Atlanta Hawks 121-94. It's the Cavs' third straight loss.

The Hawks scored 60 points in both halves and shot over 55-percent for most of the night, led by Joe Johnson's 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Josh Smith added eight points and 11 rebounds. Six Hawks in all were in double figures.

The Cavs offense was not all that bad, connecting on 49-percent of their shots and having assists on more than half of them. Kyrie Irving was the leading scorer with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting; he had seven of the team's 20 turnovers, though.

The Cavs will look to rediscover the win column on Tuesday at Miami.

For all your needs on the Cleveland Cavaliers, head over to SB Nation's Cleveland Cavs blog Fear the Sword. If you're looking for the Atlanta Hawks' take, Peachtree Hoops is the blog to read. You can also check out SB Nation's NBA hub at SBNation.com/NBA.

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Cavaliers Vs. Hawks Score Update: Cleveland Gives Up 60-Plus In First Half Again, Trails Atlanta By 19

After giving up 63 points in the first half last night to the Chicago Bulls (and then losing by 39 points), the Cavaliers have not done a good job bouncing back tonight in Atlanta. The Hawks lead at the break 61-42 behind 58-percent shooting.

The Hawks exploded for 34 points in the second quarter (the same amount of points the Cavs gave up to the Bulls in the first quarter last night) and they have a 19 point lead at the half.

Joe Johnson leads both teams with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Rookie Kyrie Irving has 13 points for the Cavs on 6-for-7 shooting.

The Hawks have taken 14 more shots thanks to 11 Cleveland turnovers.

For all your needs on the Cleveland Cavaliers, head over to SB Nation's Cleveland Cavs blog Fear the Sword. If you're looking for the Atlanta Hawks' take, Peachtree Hoops is the blog to read. You can also check out SB Nation's NBA hub at SBNation.com/NBA.

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