The Pacers are doing this because they aren't woefully overmatched by the Cavaliers.
Having come from a shocking 98-80 defeat in the opener, James was on fire in the beginning of Game 2, scoring the Cavs' first 16 points and helping the host team lead 33-18 in the first quarter. Last game Lance Stephenson, normally a bench player, stepped up to the plate when Oladipo got into foul trouble.
The situation was dire, requiring dominance.
"I need to see more out of a lot of guys", Cleveland coach Ty Lue told reporters after the game. I was able to hit another one.
"I played my game", he said.
Victor Oladipo had a team-high 22 points for IN, but he missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.
"We got lucky", four-times NBA Most Valuable Player James said in a courtside interview. But I'll take the win more than anything. Just had a jammed thumb.
The Pacers have an understandable level of confidence with their series with the Cavs tied 1-1 and home court now shifting to IN for the next 2 games.
As long as James is OK, the Cavs will always have a chance. He added that he liked the "flow of the team", which was the only thing that kept him from reinserting Love down the stretch.
Oladipo led the Pacers with 22 points while Myles Turner added 18. But it didn't come easily. "So I feel like tonight I did a better job of that, had a few go in and out, but a few others go my way, and it's a whole different game for me".
"We ran the same first play until they stopped it", Lue said.
"Just tried to push the tempo, tried to be aggressive. getting into the lane and getting a couple of easy ones early helped us", Paul said.
Lue tinkered with the starting lineup by inserting Korver and JR Smith over Rodney Hood and Jeff Green. (In part due to a meaningless buzzer-beating three from Victor Oladipo, but still.) They didn't get slaughtered after their surprise victory.
-The Pacers have yet to find their offensive rhythm. Love also doubled his field goal attempts with 16, to go with eight rebounds.