Thursday, 26 April, 2018

NBA playoffs; Cavaliers take 2-0 lead in series

NBA playoffs; Cavaliers take 2-0 lead in series NBA playoffs; Cavaliers take 2-0 lead in series
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:27

Shumpert limited IN star Paul George to just four points IN the third quarter Monday when the Cavs built a 19-point lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a bout of fourth quarter jitters to take a grip of their National Basketball Association playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Monday as San Antonio seized control of their duel with Memphis.

"It's complete ignorance", George said.

They forged into a 51-39 lead after a 16-2 run before the Pacers battled back to within five points as the half finished with the Cavs up 63-58.

LeBron James has been special again for the Cavaliers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to win their sixth straight meeting with the Indiana Pacers overall Thursday and take a 3-0 lead in their first-round playoff series as small road chalk. "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..." They were covering each of the first two games before the fourth quarter, when IN rallied both times.

The Pacers regrouped, ripped off 13 straight points and were within 113-109 when George hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.

Through the first two games of this series, George is averaging 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists on 49 percent shooting from the field and insane 56 percent from three-point range.

Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays.

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.

"Myself and Kyle, we kind have been brainstorming about it, how to get it to be more efficient", said James of working with Korver after Game One.

Still, James came away encouraged.

In February, George was rumored to be on the trading block and there have been constant questions since then about whether George would take a max deal to stay with the Pacers after next season or return to Los Angeles where he can try to help resurrect the Lakers' franchise. We don't want to just go there one day and, 'Well she's ready to go.' It's a very thin line.

"I didn't lose no sleep over it. Starting at one point during the season when I was hurt and playing well, then not playing Game 1 and then not playing the first half and still able to go out there and perform, you've got to take your hat off to him". "I don't even know how many guys we've had on the roster just coming in and out of the season, it's been a lot".

Inside the locker room, it appears everything was understood.