LeBron James Talks Mentality After Cavaliers' Win vs. Pacers in Game 2
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 1:48
James, Kyrie Irving (37 points) and Kevin Love (27 points), combined for the most points they've ever had in a postseason game together (89 points).
The series will now shift back to IN for Game 3, as Cleveland carries along the same problems that plagued them all season long.
"We're right there", James said after putting up 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists on Monday.
James then blocked a Myles Turner drive and shook his head in no-no-no fashion after the ball sailed out of bounds, but George came right back and hit a three to make it 113-109 with 18.1 seconds remaining.
With two-thirds of the trio covered, Kevin Love is the only one left.
The Cavs vowed they would play better after their near-loss in Game 1 and they mostly backed up their talk, delivering the type of performance that was routine last season but rare in 2017.
The Pacers were led by 32 points from Paul George.
So, from that, and the fact that they have a 2-0 series lead, you'd figure they don't have much to worry about.
The Cavs, helped by a defense that held IN to 0-for-4 shooting and caused two turnovers over the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second period, went on a 17-4 run that began late IN the first quarter to take a 46-33 lead. That's why it wasn't surprising when the Cavaliers altered their defensive schemes and double-teamed the Pacers' star from the jump of Game 2. 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. We've got to rely on them to make plays. "With that comes a lot of responsibility, having to play and compete hard every single night".
"Not knowing if he was going to get a chance to go". Watch Indiana Pacers vs Cleveland Cavaliers Live Streaming online, TV, and listen to live audio updates on local Radio.
After missing 13 free throws in Game 1, the Cavaliers sunk 20 of their 23 looks from the charity stripe in Game 2.
The Cavaliers might have found an answer when J.R. Smith left the game with a hamstring injury. Still, their postseason offense has been more efficient playing the Cavaliers than the freaking Golden State Warriors were during the regular season.
"We know what's at stake", CJ Miles said. There's a reason the Pacers had to win their last five games to get into the playoffs at the last second.
"Pacers' Paul George after Game 2 loss to Cavs: "[Lance Stephenson] has to learn to control himself. "We were always in the game, so we were little breakdowns from winning the game". "We're really close to what we can become". Even when we're down big. "LeBron was able to get into the paint and score on some of those occasions, but it allowed us to get back into this game and eventually have a chance to win".
Before the playoffs started, Stephenson said, "the fun time is over", referencing some of the antics he's pulled in the past, such as blowing in LeBron James' ear.
It may be somewhat surprising that those are the most expensive playoff tickets for an opening round game in IN since 2009, but then you remember that LeBron James is the biggest name in the National Basketball Association.
In a season of disappointments, the Pacers weren't supposed to threaten the Cavs in LeBron James' attempt to make it to seven straight Finals.