Pacers eager to face Cavaliers in Indy in Game 3

Pacers eager to face Cavaliers in Indy in Game 3

Pacers eager to face Cavaliers in Indy in Game 3

James was at his dominant best at the Quicken Loans Arena, scoring a game-high 46 points as Cleveland bounced back from a 80-98 home loss in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference match-up. In fact, the game was one Darren Collison three from going into overtime.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sole win in their first-round series thus far was only possible because of a 46-point outing from LeBron James.

This is a fair conclusion, and is not unexpected. He's been here and always won.

It's still early in the series and there's a chance that this core can bounce back and turn things around, but getting to The Finals by back-packing his entire team on his broad shoulders won't convince James to stay this summer, no matter what insane trades the front office can pull off, as ultimately it's the play on the court that will make all the talking.

But this is a very different team.

Kevin Love has been one of the Cavs best players this season and they will need him to start producing more if they want to go deep into the playoffs this year. Thompson, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic were the only Cavaliers players to not register a single minute of game time. Neither Kevin Love nor George Hill are fully healthy.

The Cavaliers are 49-18 when they reach the century mark, while the Pacers are 39-16. They have been eager for this moment on the national stage for quite some time. He made 17 of their 37 field goals. However, within the arc, Love has made just three shots. And yet the Pacers had a chance to force overtime in the final seconds. Their largest margin of victory in the first-round sweep: six.So after four wins over in by an average of four points last postseason, is this really a surprise?After losing three of four to in in the regular season, we're shocked by the back-and-forth in the first two games?Let's face it. Cavs fans have been spoiled by a yearly run to the NBA Finals mostly filled with low-perspiration wins and foregone conclusions.That this won't be that is fairly obvious.

If Cleveland wins this series, it's because LeBron got help.

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He got one, but can he win three more?

It was in stark contrast to Game 1, when the three-time National Basketball Association champions did not attempt a shot until only 1min 52sec left in the first quarter.

Is the moment too big for all the new Cavs? And it's an entirely new role. He said "It's important to me to try to compete for a championship every year". Love averages 12 points over the last two games and 12.5 rebounds, along with around 41.6 percent from the 3-point line.

This year with the Pacers, he is The Guy.

After splitting a pair of games in Cleveland, the Pacers are back home to practice for game three on Friday night with the Cavaliers. "But he missed it and I was able to get the rebound". Literally, I just missed.

"I'd rather be on time and on target than lucky". And he moved on. But Nate McMillan-a bonafide Coach of the Year candidate in a year that Brad Stevens doesn't lead a squad of 20 year olds and 2nd unit goobers to a 2 seed-again effectively utilized timeouts to stymie the Cavaliers' momentum as best he could, and he managed to put out lineups compatible with Oladipo's foul trouble that remained competitive and kept in in the game.

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