Caves beat Pacers and Spurs defeat Grizzlies, both lead 2-0
21 Avril, 2017, 20:44 | Author: Lucrece Courtet
Never mind the blown fourth-quarter leads.
Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 117-111 Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to take a 2-0 lead in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.
CHUMPS? Why are the reigning National Basketball Association champions looking like chumps despite a 2-0 lead over Indiana?
Smith was evaluated Monday and will get checked out again before the series moves to IN for Thursday's game three. We all know Lance is an emotional guy, and a lot of it is just his heart, and his competitiveness, and that emotion comes out on him. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Channing Frye is grabbing two rebounds. Paul George is averaging 30.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 19 points and four assists. Cleveland regained the lead twice during a 15-5 fourth-quarter run and closed it out with a 12-5 spurt.
Coming off a pair of wins, Cleveland Cavaliers locks horn with Indiana Pacers in the NBA Playoffs First Round, Game 3 tonight.
87 - Percentage from the free-throw line for the Cavaliers on Monday. At one point, cameras appeared to catch Pacers coach Nate McMillan telling Stephenson to calm down.
But if the Cavaliers are going to accomplish their only true goal - repeating as National Basketball Association champions - they are going to have to, at some point, start playing defense. "And we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance". But not so much the (isolation) because we have good players who can do that. "We understand that, but we've got to be smart also". He did have eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers.
NOTES: Cleveland G J.R. Smith was listed as questionable with a left hamstring injury but was in the starting lineup. The third quarter was as close to a fully-charged Cavaliers team as we've seen since their massacre against Boston during the regular season.
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But the greatest player of this generation turned out the lights on Indiana's brightest hopes Thursday.
"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said.
"I wanted to play, they didn't want me to play".
"We're right there, " James said. "We take away some of these easy baskets we're giving up, and these games might be a little different". What's even more telling of their rotation problem is that the Big 3 combined for 89 of those 96 starter points. Typically, Love will get the majority of his points early on and Irving and James will carry most of the weight later in games.
NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James totaled 32 points and 13 assists in Game 1. The largest halftime deficit overcome to win a playoff game had been 21 points.
With the Pacers going small in the third quarter, Cleveland targeted Kevin Love in the post against the combustible Stephenson. However, the Cavs aren't willing to go that far just yet and will likely wait until game time before clearing him. The 28-year old was able to score 10 straight points whilst being guarded by Pacer guard Lance Stephenson. He was a free agent after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans, who needed his roster spot because he was injured.
While it may look like the champs have finally clamped down on IN after leading 96-78 after the third quarter, it was simply the by-product of an exceptional offense by their "Big 3" of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
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