"We're right there of what we know we can become, and we'll figure it out".
James then blocked a Myles Turner drive and shook his head in no-no-no fashion after the ball sailed out of bounds, but George came right back and hit a three to make it 113-109 with 18.1 seconds remaining. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Channing Frye is grabbing two rebounds. And while a two-game sample size against the Pacers is small, it's not like Cleveland was playing good defense to close the regular season. But the Cavs sure don't fit the bill as the "hot team" in this first round series: that accolade belongs to Paul George and the Pacers. Game 2 is Monday in Cleveland and on TNT.
Neither of the Cleveland Cavaliers' first two playoff wins were flawless, but their 2-0 series lead is all that matters to LeBron James.
The Pacers lost when C.J. Miles missed an open 14-footer at the buzzer. I think we put Paul George on Kyrie and Lance moved to Love. In the regular season, they surely loved to play at home and that won't change in the playoffs. "We're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become". "It's our turnovers. We've got to take care of the basketball".
The Pacers scored 33 points on 13-of-22 from the field and forced a few tense moments inside Quicken Loans Arena.
After missing 13 free throws in Game 1, the Cavaliers sunk 20 of their 23 looks from the charity stripe in Game 2.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith is hopeful of a quick return from a hamstring injury which restricted him in his team's win over the Indiana Pacers. Smith praised Shumpert for filling in and said his second-half play was "great".
"We believe", he said.
"He had that mindset, came in and executed, and it's hard to come off the bench right after halftime".
"We just need him to challenge Tristan [Thompson], keep him off the boards". From there, it looked like Cleveland was bound to finish the game off, but the Pacers would eventually make a late rally.
Game 3 will be one where Turner responds emphatically to George's words.
Milwaukee's long, athletic defenders made life rough on Lowry in Game 1, giving him little room to manoeuvre. We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. Even when we're down big.
While they might not be a 73-win team like last season, the off-season addition of Kevin Durant will definitely bolster the squad's chances if a series gets close.
Stephenson rejoined the Pacers in March, just a couple weeks before the start of the playoffs. He also passed Magic Johnson (358 steals) for third place in playoff steals. Even when LeBron James checked him, George didn't struggle to get his shots off and get into the lane. They led by as many as 19 points but led by just 4 with 15 seconds left. Ole! Love scored time and time again, with Stephenson picking up three fouls and at one point slamming the ball to the floor in frustration following a whistle against him.
Entering the third quarter, IN did not look like a team that was ready to compete. He's been Indiana's best player in both losses against the Cavs, going for an almost identical line in Game 1 in a nearly indistinguishable loss.
Barring Lance Stephenson simultaneously injuring the entire Cavs starting lineup at once, IN is not going to win this series. He was a free agent after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans, who needed his roster spot because he was injured.