As he was preparing to make his first career start, rookie Tristan Thompson was excited to play Atlanta on Sunday because he felt paybacks were in order after the Hawks' 27-point win over the Cavs in January.

Thompson said the Cavs needed to punch the Hawks in the mouth, but after their 103-87 victory over the Cavs on Sunday, coach Byron Scott used that exact analogy to explain what the Hawks did to the Cavs.

"Yep, that's what happened," Thompson said. "You can tell by the score of the game. You want to come out and make a statement early, especially against a playoff team like Atlanta. Unfortunately, they came out and threw a left hook at us."