How to Watch Cavaliers vs. Pacers Game 3

Florence Fletcher
April 21, 2018

The situation was dire, requiring playoff dominance.

The Cleveland Cavaliers ace starred as his side pulled the first-round playoff series against Indiana Pacers level on Wednesday. That was not the case in game two as James scored the Cavaliers' first 16 points and finished the first quarter with 20 points. I was able to hit another one.

And while Love missed shots in Game 2, he hasn't disappeared.

But in a season in which nothing has been easy for the Cavs, Cleveland was lucky that Indiana's Victor Oladipo missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.

I want to preface this part by saying that no matter what the Cavs do, Victor Oladipo is going to find a way to get to the rack. "If I had that look again, I would take it every time". Lue said Love could have returned and "he's fine" for Game 3 on Friday. "We made enough plays to give ourselves a chance to win despite his 46 points".

Despite early shooting troubles, Turner quietly had a nice game (18 points on 12 shots and 5 rebounds), notching several nice finishes at the rim.

"We can't wait", Collison said.

"My mentality was we got to go back to IN tied 1-1", James said.

The result was a mismatch in James' favour throughout the first half. "We just kind of followed his lead from there". Then, they need a couple of their shooters to go off. JR Smith, Kyle Korver, even George Hill. Rodney Hood is theoretically the Cavs' third-best scorer and in practice looks shook as a hen in a foxhole.

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Oladipo picked up two fouls in the first 62 seconds and had to go to the bench. In the first quarter, he made three or four fadeaway jumpers. James outscored the Pacers 20-18 in the first 12 minutes. The Cavaliers had a better free throw rate (0.205 vs. 0.115) and had a better turnover percentage (15.4 vs. 17.0).

"It's not going to feel great tomorrow, but I'll throw some ice on it, tape it up and I'll be ready to go", he said.

But he came through in Game 2, playing 31 minutes and coming up big at both ends.

"We were sloppy with the basketball", McMillan said.

Of course, postseason games do tend to be played at a slower pace, anyway, but the pace factor for this series, 93.7, is far slower than the norm.

Despite the loss, Indiana's locker room was filled with confidence. The playoffs are an intensely immediate experience, and at this very moment, the Pacers have taken home court advantage off of the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs.

"They're a really, really good team, so it just sets up for Game 3, it's just the next game". When we mark them ascendant, it means they've been that way for a while. "We're very, very confident". He had another solid night in game 2, scoring 22 points and collecting 6 assists.

They got out of "Believeland" with a split, and even in losing Game 2 on Wednesday night put enough of a scare into the fourth-seeded Cavaliers to have in feeling good about these next two, both in Indianapolis, starting tonight with Game 3. In comparison, the Cavaliers launched 32.1 threes per game, making 12 ... and Houston led the league with 42.3 attempts per game.

The supporting cast needs to rally or face a dubious distinction of being the weakest in James' 13 career playoff runs.

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