Friday, 14 December, 2018

LeBron James: Cavaliers' Roster Shake-Up Hurt Team's Preparation for Playoffs

Kristopher Love | 19 April, 2018, 05:13

LeBron James logged his 20th career playoff triple-double, putting up 24 points.

To change things up, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue slotted the sharpshooting JR Smith and Kyle Korver into the starting lineup, opening up the floor for James to go to work.

Up next, the Cavs and Pacers will face each other on Friday in Indianapolis. A 33-18 first quarter lead quickly dwindled down to five with around 6 minutes left the first half.

Pacers forward Trevor Booker was backing down a Cavaliers defender and went up for a shot after spinning toward the basket, but Nance was there in help-side and blocked the shot all the way out of bounds.

Outside of James' early dominance, IN had foul trouble for its star, Victor Oladipo, to contend with. Three fouls made the first time All-Star watch most of the action from the bench.

According to ESPN Stats and Info, James' 16 points in less than the first six minutes of play was the most any player has scored in the last 20 years. Myles Turner was right behind with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and Darren Collison added 16 points for Indiana.

That's why a hush fell over Quicken Loans Arena late in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Game 2 matchup against the Indiana Pacers, when Love left the game with an apparent left thumb injury. The only back-to-back losses came in 2016 (two straight against Toronto) and 2012 (three straight against Boston and two straight against Indiana).