Cavs' JR Smith questionable for Game 3 with sore hamstring

Ross Houston
April 20, 2017

But the 32-year-old rued the fact he was unable to mix it with festival goers in California, where the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Lady Gaga are among the performers.

LeBron James says the defending-champion Cavs are on the brink of putting it all together. S*** looked like fun.

"Sometimes when you're matching up to them and you're going small, their small lineup is better than your small lineup, so you have to be careful with that", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said after the game.

Two days after giving up a lead and escaping with a one-point win, the Cavaliers almost squandered an 18-point cushion during a shaky fourth quarter on Monday before holding on for a 2-0 series lead. "Our bigs have to make plays at that point, and we didn't."C.J".


If LeBron's words about being "right there" and "close to the team that we all know we can become", turn out to be true, opponents might be in for a rude awakening should Cleveland start to click on all cylinders.

In the two games thus far, the Pacers have outscored Cleveland by 19 points in the fourth and held them to just 36.1 percent shooting from the field. Miles, who was 1-for-2 from the floor in the third, said the Pacers simply have to make plays down the stretch, and make some shots."We've got to take advantage of the spacing", Miles said.

During Saturday's first 2017 playoff game in the National Basketball Association, a close matchup between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers ended with a missed buzzer beater. James (357) also jumped Magic Johnson (358) for third place in career playoff steals and hopped Robert Parish for eighth in rebounds.

"Having those guys is a great luxury because every night, two of the three should play well", Lue said after practice on April 19 at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence. Irving closed the quarter by draining a 3-pointer over Stephenson and the All-Star made sure Indiana's antagonizing guard knew about it, yapping in his direction long after the horn sounded.


Cleveland were outscored 13-7 over the final five minutes of the second quarter on Monday, opened up a 19-point lead during the third but IN regrouped and got back to within four points with 19 seconds to play. I have to wonder if we'll notice when the Cavs turn it on, or if this is what they are satisfied with. "We needed that spark".

Barring a remarkable turnaround in which the Pacers beat the LeBron and the Cavs four times in five games, George and company are looking at another first-round exit. "Game 1 I substituted RJ for Kevin and they were still big, so I put him on Thaddeus (Young) and same thing tonight".

Turner acknowledged he must get more physical in this series, and Stephenson said he needs to find the balance between passion and playing out of control. We just need Shump to stay focused and understand the task at hand and I think he did a good job of that tonight. Once a counter-adjustment was made, Love contributed just four points the rest of the game. The Pacers are not struggling to score through the first two games of this series as it is their defense that is killing them.

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class and he just plays the game", Fizdale said.


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