Lessons from a huge three-point Game 2 victory

20 April, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Speaking prior to Wednesday night's win, James spoke to the media where he revealed he believes the in-season roster changes hurt Cavs" chances to "build for the playoffs', and their up-and-down roller coaster season played a big factor in their Game 1 loss. "Especially after the way we started in Game 1". James scored 20 of his 46 points in the opening quarter, getting off to a torrid start in which he singlehandedly outscored the Pacers 13-0 and 16-1 to begin Game 2 of the first round Eastern Conference series.

Like I said, thoughts and prayers to the heavens above. They will travel next to IN for Game 3 looking to get the upper hand for the first time IN the series. "We just kind of followed his lead from there".

Fortunately, x-rays came back negative and neither Love or the Cavs seem overly concerned about the injury with head coach Tyronn Lue saying that Love will be "ready to go" for Game 3 on Friday in Indianapolis.

LeBron's Game Score of 40.9 in Game 2 was his highest since November 3 (which, coincidentally, was the highest Game Score of his career), when he dropped 57 points on the Wizards with 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting.

Oladipo scored his first two points of the game when he converted a layup with 10:42 to go in the second quarter.


James then made three free throws over the final 22 seconds as the Cavs avoided falling behind 2-0 on the series.

James' 24 points in Cleveland's 98-80 Game 1 loss were almost as many as the total of the other four starters combined (25).

James suffered his first loss in the first round since 2012 in the Cavaliers' 98-80 setback to the Pacers on Sunday. "There's no prize for a sweep", said Lue. But instead of messing around, Oladipo drove directly to the basket and James wasn't able to keep up. "He does all the little things it takes to win, and when you want to win a championship, you know you gotta do all the little things". When everything was said and done, IN came up short by three points, with a final score of 100-97. So the postseason finally hit us and it hit us very well.

By backing out all the way to half court, Oladipo forced LeBron to at least honor the possibility of him taking a deep shot if he approached the 3-point line.

The Cavaliers are now 14-2 this year when LeBron's Game Score tops 30. The Pacers never gave up as they continued to pull within striking distance.

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