There is a significant difference in reputation between the two teams, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are generally seen as the league's powerhouse and the Indiana Pacers barely made the playoffs, but the second and the seventh seed were separated by only 10 wins.
That said, he saw his team build a big lead again, only for the Pacers to get as close as a two-possession game in Monday's 117-111 win, which put the Cavs up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers in the first-round series.
The Cavaliers almost blew yet another fourth-quarter lead this evening, but because the Pacers are clunky and mediocre, and the Cavaliers employ LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving, they did not blow yet another fourth quarter lead. Love went on a personal 10-0 run to extend Cleveland's edge to a game-high 19 points, the kind of cushion they needed given their fourth-quarter woes showed up once again.
Smith scored just three points in Game 2, but his assignment in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series is to guard All-Star Paul George. The Pacers are heading home down 2-0, and despite the potentially encouraging pattern of the Cavs ceding big leads and refusing to play defense, there is scant hope that they can come back and Do It.
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Iman Shumpert, who did not play in the Cavs' 109-108 Game 1 win, started the second half in Smith's place. "He came in and made it tough on Paul George and made a couple shots for us also".
"He's got to learn to control himself". "Just got into a good rhythm with that".
"We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is just his heart and his competitiveness", George said.
Pacers: Glenn Robinson III returned after missing the past 12 games with a strained left calf.
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While Teague can score effectively, the only other player on the roster (short of Al Jefferson, who would allow the Cavs to shoot 70% instead of a lowly 60%) who has shown explosive abilities is Myles Turner.
Lowry scored four points in Saturday's 97-83 loss to Milwaukee, connecting on just 2 of 11 field-goal attempts and finishing 0 for 6 from 3-point range. He's been out since March 26 with a sprained left ankle. Cleveland went 5-for-8 during the spurt while IN was 0-for-4 with two turnovers. He needs 37 points to pass Kobe Bryant (5,640 points) for third place in National Basketball Association playoff scoring history, and needs two more rebounds to pass Robert Parish (1,765 rebounds) for eighth in postseason history. McMillan said the team was told by security officials to stay in their hotel Sunday night while Cleveland police searched for a suspected killer, who randomly murdered an elderly man while posting the shooting on Facebook.
Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injuries dissuaded the Cavs from signing him. The Pacers converted 19 turnovers into 24 points.
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