Cavs, Spurs ease into 2-0 leads

Paul George Wants Out of Indiana Blasts His Teammates Again After Game 2 Loss

Paul George Wants Out of Indiana Blasts His Teammates Again After Game 2 Loss

But it would be comforting to see them play hard for four quarters because they will have to do that when they play for the big trophy.

In the night's other playoff game, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers gave up a big lead before hanging on to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-111 and take a 2-0 lead in their series.

The only score that matters is 2-0.

The Cavs have never lost a play-off series in which they led 2-0, going 12-0 when they have won the first two games. "We're right there where we know what we can become if we figure it out". The Cavaliers starting guard spent the entire second half of Game 2 on the bench and doesn't want to be there again if he can help it. And we make plays down the stretch to win a ball game in the postseason, and that's all you can ask for. Like in Game 1 the Pacers fell behind early and only made the game close thanks to a strong fourth quarter performance. The Spurs had a 26-point lead, which went down to just four in the fourth quarter, but Leonard made sure that San Antonio will get the victory. "To go up 3-0, makes things a lot more hard for those guys". "We're playing for pride now. We understand that, but we've got to be smart also".

However, it was the Cavs' turnovers that allowed the Pacers to stick around, cutting a 13-point Cleveland lead down to five.

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith left Game 2 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Indiana Pacers at halftime Monday because of a left hamstring injury and did not return.

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"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said of Shumpert's cameo. It's our offence. I think we get exhausted at times. and we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance. TV analysts, even as late as Monday night, were eager to point to Stephenson as a sparkplug for Indiana.

"He's got to learn to control himself".

"We take away some of these easy baskets we're giving up, and these games might be a little different". "That emotion comes out on him, but he's just got to channel that, and put it towards making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed".

Iman Shumpert went from odd-man out to go-to guy in just two games.

James passed Kobe Bryant for No. 3 on the NBA's career playoff scoring list and tied another National Basketball Association record by winning his 20th consecutive first-round game. The Cavaliers finished 4th in the league with 110 points per game. He also tied Jerry West for the second-most 30-point, 10-assist games in postseason history with 14; only Michael Jordan has more (15). ESPN notes that at one point in the third quarter, Stephenson slammed the ball on the floor after the play was over. He passed Mark Price for second place in the third quarter.

Opposing players and coaches often describe guarding the Cavs as a case of "pick your poison" and in this case, Cleveland's third star happened to be that poison. He was a free agent after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans, who needed his roster spot because he was injured.

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