Cavaliers make it 2-0 over Pacers
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 21, 2017,
Apr 21, 2017, 22:17
Irving has become a star in the National Basketball Association by acting as LeBron James' wing man and at times providing the needed firepower.
The Indiana Pacers had a lot of opportunities to get into the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers, with three close games that ended in three losses.
"I'm not going to let them treat us that way", he said. Typically, Love will get the majority of his points early on and Irving and James will carry most of the weight later in games.
Kyrie Irving ripped the Pacers with 37 points, including a career-playoff-best 25 in the second half.
Kawhi Leonard, who scored 32 and 37 in the first two games, was held to 18. James scored or assisted on 73 points, the most of his playoff career.
But Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue sounded the warning about his team's high turnover count, which allowed the Pacers to re-enter the contest. "He willed us home". "For them to say I'm a selfish teammate or I don't think about my teammates or I'm throwing my teammates under the bus..." Even when we're down big.
James has shown that when he operates as the point guard and has shooters around him, he's very risky given his abilities as a passer.
"It's our offense", Lue said following the 117-111 win. On one sequence, he was out in transition and faked Monta Ellis to his right and charged in for an uncontested dunk. If you're like me then you're always on the go.
In Memphis, guard Mike Conley scored 24 points and added eight assists as the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-94 to get back into their series. It was the 13th playoff game in which he collected at least 30 points and 10 assists. If he wasn't scoring or setting up his teammates, he was providing lock-down defense and altering shots.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Blown big leads.
Fourth-quarter leads continue to be a problem for Cleveland.
"He's got to learn to just be in the moment". "Channing, Shump, D-Will and Kyle". We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. You're the best player in the world, do what you do, have confidence doing it - that's it. With his team rolling behind James' brilliant play, it was a decision that he said was hard but one that was encouraged by Irving and Love. But that's just how the play went down. "They were playing well, '" Lue said.
"I'm not a numbers guy but that doesn't seem to add up".
The Cavaliers' win probability was 1.2 percent at halftime. For maybe the first time all season, they have everybody healthy for the playoffs.
Cleveland Cavaliers won their first ever National Basketball Association trophy last season and, taking everything into account, they have a good chance of defending the title.
However, the defending champions, following a pattern that began late in the regular season, almost gave away an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers crawled within four in the final minute before Cleveland closed it out at the foul line.