LeBron passes Bryant for third place in playoff scoring

Paola Ditto
Aprile 21, 2017

"But we're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become".

Kevin Love has continued a resurgent, All-Star year into the start of the playoffs after recording his best scoring (19 points per game) and rebounding (11.1) numbers in three years with the third-best true shooting percentage (57.3) of his career this season. Let's get the obvious news out of the way - this Cleveland defense is Alexander's awful, horrible, no good, very bad day embodied as a basketball team.

Irving and the Cavs are on the road for Game 3 on Thursday.

But as they seemingly took their foot off the gas they allowed IN, who saw point guard Jeff Teague injure his wrist IN the second half, to creep back into it.

Love's 12 free throws were made possible by the Cavaliers giving him more opportunities to go to work in the post, something that too many people seem to forget he can do.

Shumpert picked up a foul guarding George in his first 30 seconds on the floor before knocking down a 3-pointer from the corner, forcing in coach Nate McMillan to call time. It was a dominate display from the Cavs' main men, as the Pacers couldn't handle the offensive assault they were handed throughout the contest. Altogether the Big Three had 89 of Cleveland's 117 points in the game.

This is the first time that Love, Irving and James have all scored 25 points in the same playoff game. "I think we get exhausted at times".

This comeback began with a second straight devastating third-quarter punch from the Cavs. "And that was big".

3-Point Goals: 13-31, .419 (Irving 4-10, Love 3-4, Dero.Williams 3-4, Shumpert 1-2, Smith 1-2, Frye 1-3, R.Jefferson 0-1, James 0-2, Korver 0-3). While ultimately I believe the team is best with C.J. Miles playing alongside Teague/George/Young/Turner, it might make more sense to elevate Glenn Robinson III.

Those guys are going to post numbers, but the Pacers have to make them work much harder for what they get, or ideally, get the ball out of their hands and force someone else to make a play.

Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays.

"Shump was unbelievable", Lue said. "He came in and made it tough on Paul George and made a couple shots for us also. We needed that spark".

"In the Pacers' Game 1 loss to the Cavs, it was CJ Miles whom (Paul) George called out for missing a potential game-winning jumper".

Myles Turner is agile, although he's often concerned with handling Tristan Thompson's physicality and rebounding inside (something else that's been an issue for IN, and Turner needs to get a lot stronger).

Inside the locker room, it appears everything was understood.

To compound matters, there's no recent macro-level evidence that teams are able to flip a switch and improve the team defense as a whole in the postseason.

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