Anytime James scores 25 points and he's your third-leading scorer, you're in a good place.
LeBron James (25 points), Kyrie Irving (37) and Kevin Love (25) combined for 89 points as the Cavs took Game 2 on Monday night.
Game 2 got away from IN during a critical stretch late IN the third quarter IN which Cleveland's Kevin Love repeatedly pounded Stephenson IN the post, scoring 10 of his 27 points IN less than two minutes of game action.
Lance Stephenson, the talented guard who will be forever known for once blowing air into LeBron James' ear, returned to the Pacers at the end of March after a shaky stint away from Indiana.
"But we're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become". "We'll figure it out". So like I told you, I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not a lead at all.
Based on what we saw in the first two days of the playoffs from the rest of the teams in the East, there isn't a single one of them that has the right combination of offense and defense to even slow these Cavaliers.
James added 10 rebounds and seven assists while winning his 19th straight first-round game. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 113 points on 54.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 50.3 percent shooting.
Game three is in Indianapolis on Thursday (Friday AEST).
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 Starters of Indiana Pacers are looking for their win over Cleveland Cavaliers. Or maybe he was thinking about Frank Vogel, the well-respected coach who morphed IN into a smash-mouth contender and shaped George into the player he is today, who was sacked because he didn't fit IN Larry Bird's vision of a high-octane, offensive-minded team, only to be replaced by Nate McMillan, a head coach who had never coached a fast-paced squad. Then they had a one-point loss with a chance to win Game 1 of the playoffs. IN was one shot away from winning Game 1, and stormed back with a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to turn a potential Game 2 blowout into a 117-111 loss. "We lost our poise and wasn't calm during that third quarter and that was big". "And that was big". They go at matchups and do a good job of recognizing matchups and taking advantage of that matchup. George has made at least one 3-pointer in 19 consecutive playoff games. "I thought we started to get frantic out there".
George also challenged Turner, a talented second-year center, to give him more help on the court after Turner finished Game 2 with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting with five rebounds.
Game three is in Memphis on Thursday (Friday AEST). He pointed out the fact that Leonard had more free throw attempts (19) than the entire Grizzlies team (15). "We needed that spark". James put his all-around game on display, as he got wherever he wanted on the floor and made plays for himself and his teammates. That's unacceptable. That's unprofessional. Every point in the game we know we've got a chance to come back.