News: Smith posted a double-double in Game 4 Tuesday, tallying 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-10 3Pt), 10 rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes.
Impact: Smith has been an electrifying spark off the bench for the Cavaliers this postseason, averaging 13.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game in 30 minutes. His ability to score the ball and provide hustle plays make him invaluable to an ailing Cavs team with scorers like Kevin Love (shoulder) missing the rest of the playoffs and Kyrie Irving (foot/knee) still hobbled after missing two games. Though Smith will not provide a double-double every night, the fact that he's playing over 30 minutes per game despite coming off the bench should keep him relevant in daily games the rest of the way.
News: Dellavedova returned to his role as the Cavaliers' primary backup point guard in Game 4 Tuesday, as Kyrie Irving (foot/knee) returned from a two-game absence and reclaimed his place as a starter. Dellavedova put up 10 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds, and one assist in 17 minutes.
Impact: While starting Games 2 (37 minutes) and 3 (45 minutes) in place of Irving, Dellavedova showcased his ability to run the Cavs offense and contribute in a playoff setting. Irving's returning to the starting lineup resulted in Dellavedova playing reduced minutes in his customary backup role. Irving, who was limited to 22 minutes of action Tuesday, will likely be bothered by his knee tendinitis the rest of the playoffs, which means that Delly could continue to see meaningful minutes in the NBA Finals when they begin on June 4.
News: Irving (knee) started Tuesday's Game 4 against the Hawks after sitting out Games 2 and 3 due to injury. He put up 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 22 minutes.
Impact: Irving was given a 25-minute limitation for his return to game action, and he came in just under that (22) as the Cavs shellacked the Hawks to close out the Eastern Conference finals. Matthew Dellavedova filled in as the starting point guard in Games 2 and 3 of the series when Irving sat out, but with Irving's return to the starting lineup, Delly moved back to his customary bench role as the Cavs' primary backup point guard. Irving's gait looked a little off at times Tuesday, but overall, he looked healthy, and it'd be surprising if he wasn't ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals when they kick off on June 4.