Cavaliers Hold On To Take 2-0 Series Lead Against Pacers

In Game 3 on Thursday, look for Turner to come out and play more aggressively in front of the in fans.

It looked like Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue had a specific rotation for this matchup and it didn't include Shumpert. Depending on your rooting interest, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving - not particularly known for his defense -was tasked to try and stop George.

George has starred early this postseason, and led his team in points, rebounds, and assists on Tuesday night. Jeff Teague scored 23 points, and Thaddeus Young contributed 16.

Tristan Thompson then got a key offensive rebound on Cleveland's ensuing possession, and a video review led to an overturned call that gave the Cavs a third opportunity with 30.2 ticks on the game clock and 6 on the shot-clock.

For the entire first half of Monday's playoff game, the second in the best-of-seven series against the Indiana Pacers, Iman Shumpert was stuck playing the same role as he did Saturday afternoon in Game 1: cheerleader. In Game 1, he publicly stated that C.J. Miles should've given the ball up to him for the last shot. George was noticeably off and connected on just three of his seven attempts, but something must've been working if IN was 14 points better with him on the floor. "But he's just gotta channel that and put it towards making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed". They know they can compete.

As well, some home cooking of their own would go a long way for the Pacers, but it's going to ultimately come down to whether they can ever get a grasp on the Cavaliers offense to keep them from shooting a comfortable 55% all night. "We haven't won, but we can take some positives from the games we played". "We understand that, but we've got to be smart also". Indeed, even if George launched more than the 19.5 shots per game he's averaging and even if Stephenson remained on his best behavior, the Pacers would still be saddled with fundamental match-up issues that will likely turn this into a quick series.

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Smith was dealing with a tender left hamstring and was kept out of the lineup in the second half of the 117-111 game two victory on Monday. "We needed that spark".

Game 3 will be one where Turner responds emphatically to George's words. "We take away some of these easy baskets we're giving up, and these games might be a little different". "We know how good LeBron is going to be and how good Kyrie is going to be, but the other guys we have to be able to limit". What's even more telling of their rotation problem is that the Big 3 combined for 89 of those 96 starter points.

Pacers coach Nate McMillan blamed Indiana's team defense, not placing the blame on just Stephenson. He also passed Magic Johnson (358 steals) for third place in playoff steals.

LeBron James was beyond human during the series, Kyrie Irving hit big shot after big shot, and the Golden State Warriors did their thing, spreading the wealth and proving they were one of the best teams of all time.

LeBron James says the defending-champion Cavs are on the brink of putting it all together. It marked the 3rd time in his playoff career that Love tallied at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in a postseason game. They led by as many as 19 points but led by just 4 with 15 seconds left. Ole! Love went to work against Stephenson in the third quarter for most of his field goals, but Irving made everything work for him on isolations.

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