Playoff Live Thread: Cavs vs Pacers, Game 2, #HeroBall

After surviving game 1, the Cavs look to clean up some of the unforced errors that prevented them from cruising to a comfortable victory.  Coach Lue mentioned that the initial half-court defense was fairly stout (in the second half, perhaps) but that the 50/50 balls were all going to Indiana.  While not a must-win for either team, the Cavs as a franchise have apparently (per NBA.com) never lost a playoff series when they started 2-0 (I couldn’t find an example to disprove it).

The best thing for the Cavs is if Paul George really believes in alpha-dog hero ball.  I say it a few times in game one, where he killed the Pacers rhythm by hunting for his own shot.  The Cavs proven to be a very good team at cutting off the head of the snake in years past.  The problem is if Lance Stephenson, Jeff Teague, and Myles Turner get going.  I expect someone like Turner to play very well at home, so the Cavs don’t want to mess around to much tonight despite the 1-0 cushion.  The Pacers were a much better home team than road team in the regular season.

We’ll see if Shump gets some minutes tonight and the Cavs draw up a few more plays for Kyle Korver in the half court.  Follow along with us here!

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EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Ha…

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago
MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 13 hours ago

Just worry about the hammy bothering him defensively, which is where Cavs really need him.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 13 hours ago

Grizz can’t buy a shot…

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Spurs/Rockets should be a good series…

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 11 hours ago

I still don’t trust the rockets not to implode. I think the Spurs would win handily

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

I expect there will be a CJ Miles game in Indy… but I also think there will be a Kyle Korver game coming soon…

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 days 13 hours ago

Different sport, but…

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Joe Buck must be salivating…

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 days 13 hours ago

Just get awestruck by those Kawhi turnaround jumpers.

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Ty blaming the offense for letting the lead dwindle in the fourth…

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 13 hours ago

Seems mostly accurate to me…lotta bad shots…

JB225
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JB225
5 days 13 hours ago

He is right.

JB225
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JB225
5 days 13 hours ago

The Cavs played a bit better tonight but they have to find a way to run better offense in the 4th quarter. Too much hero ball and settling for long jumpers.

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

LeBron has now won 19 straight first round games…

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 days 13 hours ago

Watching a Spurs defense immediately after a Cavs game is such a tremendous contrast…

Leo
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Leo
5 days 13 hours ago

When Myles Turner was off floor Pacers were horrific in post and not getting rebounds…Cavs have to get him in foul trouble and they should drive to basket every time….Thad young isn’t that great defender (just good rebounder)….also liked Cavs trapping of George and forcing others to beat them….I would also watch for the 15-18 footers from Pacer guards (Teague/Ellis/Stephenson)

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

He had a bad shooting night also…

Five Star
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Five Star
5 days 13 hours ago

Any update on JR?

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Not yet… just said that he wouldn’t return for this game… They have two days off now. Hopefully, he’ll be okay for Thursday…

Peter
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Peter
5 days 13 hours ago

Brent Barry should apply for a coaching job with the Pacers. He always expressed an injustice whenever things go against Indiana.

Leo
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Leo
5 days 13 hours ago

where does anyone think PG would go if series ends this week? would he go another EC team or to WC

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 days 13 hours ago

It’s crowded now with DMC. Which I think is really dumb btw, just dumb. But I would of liked to see PG play with Anthony Davis.

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

All depends on the All NBA vote… I would expect the Lakers to make a big push for him with Magic running things…

Leo
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Leo
5 days 13 hours ago

Lakers have okay young core with Russell and Clarkson and Randle….that wouldn’t be bad move for him

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Plus they still have a good shot at keeping their number one pick…

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

Young talent takes time to develop into championship contenders. PG is 26yo and should consider going to an already established team or one is the cusp of it, like the Bucks or OKC(Houston too).

There he can team up with MVP candidates (soon to be in Giannis) and form a great 1-2 punch combo. Unless Melo and or Westbrook (doubt it), end up in LA, that’s a dumb move.

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Lakers will be making moves this summer… and PG has said he wants to play in LA

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

The Lakers need so much work…

I get wanting to play there but if I’m him I’m looking at teams that need that one piece to get them over the hump. I would love to see him with the Bucks.

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

I wouldn’t… PG on a Bucks team probably supplants the Cavs in the EC…

daspec90
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daspec90
5 days 10 hours ago

Yeah, that’s scary.

Jason
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Jason
5 days 11 hours ago

Brogdon, Middleton, PG13, Giannis + Monroe, Snell, Parker, Delly, Maker, Henson. That is scary good. PG13 in Boston is pretty scary.

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

Well yeah, that would not be good for I Cavs fans but it would make some sweet basketball.

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

*Us

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

The west is crazy difficult but he should consider OKC. On the east, he should go to the bucks.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 13 hours ago

Says he wants to play in Indy or LA, so….

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

The good news is that I can’t imagine PG playing better than he has the first two games… I’m sure Indy will come out strong in Game 3, but if Cavs can build on what they discovered tonight with KLove in the post and Shump on PG, then they should be able to take care of these guys in four or five…

Leo
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Leo
5 days 13 hours ago

if Pacers don’t win Thursday series is over this weekend…Im prepping this is the game they win….but who knows….Cavs are weird team and could pull a ‘Celtics’ game where they stomp them out

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

So where is PG going next season?

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

If he gets voted All NBA, then nowhere… Pacers will offer him the $200M Max and that will be that…

JRL
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JRL
5 days 13 hours ago

What would the pay/salary difference be if not?

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 13 hours ago

I think it’s around 45 million dollars for the length of the contract…

KI Jelly
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KI Jelly
5 days 14 hours ago

Paul George deserves to be in the ECF every year. Such a pleasure to watch. #1 pick for me to build a future team around.

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 days 14 hours ago

Man – Love played almost a perfect game.

EvilGenius
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5 days 13 hours ago

Outside of his 34 point first quarter game… probably his best game as a Cav…

Jason
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Jason
5 days 11 hours ago

39 in the Wiz game LeBron won at the buzzer comes to mind.

Jason
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Jason
5 days 11 hours ago

Tied at the buzzer & Kyrie won in OT.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 14 hours ago

A playoff win is a win…glad we have the Pacers first round…

Leo
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Leo
5 days 14 hours ago

Game 3 will be everything for Pacers….looking forward to it….Cavs fix defense and just drive to basket to get Turner and Young in foul trouble, Pacers are toast….great game by Big 3 and awesome offense other than the 5 min stretch in 4th quarter

Peter
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Peter
5 days 13 hours ago

Playing defense seems to take its toll in the 4th quarter. Cavs have to find more rest to the Big 3 in the the early goings so they have their legs in the 4th.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Good win… KLove coming alive in the paint, on the glass and on the line was huge… +17!

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 14 hours ago

Nice flop Shump, lol…

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

Nice play by Kyrie going in and passing out to avoid showing up the Pacers.

Jason
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Jason
5 days 14 hours ago

Love has missed 1 shot all game. 6-7 FGs 12-12 FTs.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

CJ with the dumbest foul…

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 14 hours ago

This is why it was important to get the 2 seed…this crap doesn’t get us wins against Chicago. We might freakin play them in the ECF!

Jason
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Jason
5 days 13 hours ago

I do think the Bulls may take the Celtics. Still, despite the TOs & stupid chucking continuing, & JR getting hurt, I feel better about this one. Shump was huge. Love was fantastic. Deron had a good game. Gonna have to be better in Indy.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Easy now Scotch… ;)

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 14 hours ago

Yeah yeah I know…but seriously. We beat ourselves a heck of a lot

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 days 14 hours ago

Can Love get to 4 points per field-goal attempt? 6/7 with 27 points. Needs to be fouled one more time.

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 days 14 hours ago

These road games in Indy are going to be really tough. Gotta make sure to get one

Kevin
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Kevin
5 days 14 hours ago

PG is playing like Durant in this series. Scary thing is he’s got no one else. GSW have three other all stars. Yikes…

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 days 14 hours ago

28 points on 7 shots is a PER of like 900

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Clutch Love!

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

12-12 for Kev from the line!!

Jason
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Jason
5 days 14 hours ago

What is the line on an inbounds TO here?

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Ice it Kev!

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Dangerous inbounds there…

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

Fyi George was out of bounds on that shot. Should’ve been overturned. Never established himself inbounds

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
5 days 14 hours ago

Man such a big offensive board by TT before. This game coulda gone south

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

George just insane as a shooter. Larry bird screwed this team up and they won’t get him back.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Man… PG-13 deserves to be voted All NBA the way he’s playing… never seen him hit threes like this…

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 14 hours ago

Last few weeks as good as he’s ever played…

Leo
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Leo
5 days 14 hours ago

PG13 is unreal with his shots….I mean the odds to make that shot….superstar play

believeLAND
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believeLAND
5 days 14 hours ago

PG is crazy

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 14 hours ago

Don’t pass it in to Lebron you idiots!

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

LeRidiculousblock.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

GET THAT WEAK STUFF OUTTA HERE TURNER!!

CLF
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CLF
5 days 14 hours ago

Game blouses

Leo
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Leo
5 days 14 hours ago

cavs are one lucky team….playing like garbage but up almost 10 hahaha

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Difference tonight is free throws…

Leo
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Leo
5 days 14 hours ago

Love perfect 10 out of 10 tonite

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

Paul George totally fell asleep there.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Jeff Teague might be worse on screens than Kyrie…

ShumpyOldMan
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ShumpyOldMan
5 days 14 hours ago

I still don’t understand why they haven’t figured out that pre-that offense with more than two minutes left in the game just doesn’t work…

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

It worked in the Finals, but that was when the Cavs had a much better D and could get stops…

ShumpyOldMan
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ShumpyOldMan
5 days 13 hours ago

In the finals we used ISO but players were moving through screens and getting switches creating ISO mismatches where the prevent offense is just everyone stands around for 18 secs and then someone hucks up a terrible shot….6 minutes is way too much time in the NBA to start trying to milk the clock in lieu of getting good shots…

ShumpyOldMan
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ShumpyOldMan
5 days 14 hours ago

Prevent offense

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

Hahaha. Nail, meet coffin.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

NICE!

Kevin
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Kevin
5 days 14 hours ago

Too much hero ball!!!

Jason
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Jason
5 days 14 hours ago

I swear, Kyrie & James suck so hard late game. Ky-jack & LeChuck.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Hope Lue drew up a good in bounds play to end this…

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

That ball is clearly off of Turner…

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 14 hours ago

That ref has no business making that call…

Jason
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Jason
5 days 14 hours ago

One pass last time. tt bailout

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

Seriously, how do they not get Kevin the ball. It’s ridiculous. Kyrie with dumb shot after dumb shot this quarter.

Jason
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Jason
5 days 14 hours ago

They are selfish at crunch time.

scott
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scott
5 days 14 hours ago

Do you think Kyrie is ever going to “learn?”

Jason
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Jason
5 days 14 hours ago

No. At least not until his iso game deteriorates.

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 14 hours ago

A-freaking-men

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 14 hours ago

Are you effing kidding me?!!!

Scotch
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Scotch
5 days 14 hours ago

This team can be hard to cheer for…thank goodness for TT

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 days 14 hours ago

The fans in the Q seem to agree with you — the first part of your comment.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Tristan to the rescue!

MikeO
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MikeO
5 days 14 hours ago

George likely takes every shot down the stretch…

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

Yet another garbage possession

Nate Smith
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Nate Smith
5 days 14 hours ago

What was that freaking call? Literally no contact

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 days 14 hours ago

Thank you LeBron for resisting LeChuck.

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 days 14 hours ago

Love is still 6/7 shooting, as he was at the end of the third quarter. Zero shots in the fourth.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

He got stripped the one time he got the ball in the post…

Phil Hubbard
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Phil Hubbard
5 days 14 hours ago

They finally doubled him and caught him by surprise. If they keep doing it, let Love be a facilitator.

Leo
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Leo
5 days 14 hours ago

apparently we are so afraid of Myles Turner and Thad Young no one wants to drive on them

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Turner had a lot more TT than he did ball there… smh

JB225
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JB225
5 days 14 hours ago

Drive the ball please. Let’s hope the Cavs can get some stops now.

EvilGenius
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5 days 14 hours ago

Nothing like giving up an 8-0 run in crunch time…

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