LeBron James scores Cavs' first 16 points, dominates Pacers
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2018,
Apr 19, 2018, 22:17
There is hope within the organization, multiple sources told ESPN, that the Cavs' underwhelming postseason performers thus far - a list headlined by Hood, Clarkson and Green - will actually play better on the road as the series shifts to Indiana.
As a general rule, opponents should try to avoid getting James' attention.
He started Wednesday's game by scoring the first 13 points of the contest, before the Pacers could make one field goal.
Having lost the first clash on home court last week, the Cavs bounced back with James leading the way himself with a phenomenal 46-point game, also adding 12 rebounds as he shot for 70.8 per cent, sinking 17 of 24 attempts. It was the 20th time James has scored at least 40 in the playoffs.
James came through in the clutch at the free-throw line in the final minute of the fourth quarter with the Cavs clinging to a single-digit lead. Nothing is ever easy.until it looks incredibly easy.
In case you hadn't noticed, these Pacers can play.
And you're left wondering how it ever won.
Love ended up playing only 59 games in the recently concluded regular season.
He had 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists at half-time after scoring Cleveland's first 16 points.
The Pacers star Victor Oladipo was troubled by the early fouls in the first minutes of the game and had to sit on the bench.
Heading to IN with a 1-1 split, the Cavaliers should feel both encouraged and vulnerable. With Oladipo off the floor, the Pacers didn't have an offensive answer to James.
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"We've got to find ways". "We gave up a wide open three to Oladipo, and he missed it. That's easily something he can make".
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue made some changes to the starting lineup, sticking with James, Kevin Love and George Hill, and inserting Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith in place of Rodney Hood and Jeff Green. If they fall behind again in this series, even a superhuman LeBron might not be able to save them from an early round exit. The concept of switch-flipping has been central to the team since James returned in 2014.
Harden said Tuesday that he knew Paul would have a big Game 2 after the nine-time All-Star scored 14 points and tied a season high with six turnovers in the first game.
He made a statement to the rest of the playoff teams that he is still the best player in the world. "We just kind of followed his lead from there".