The Pacers finally get to play a playoff game at home, where they went 29-12, a record that is on par with the top 4 teams in each conference. They will look to get Myles Turner, C.J. Miles, and Monta Ellis in a rhythm, to generate efficient offense when the Cavs elect to focus in on Paul George. George has been critical of teammates Lance Stephenson and Myles Turner. The common theme, is that neither player has been very effective at keeping Kevin Love from getting a ton of points on the low block. Love is now 11-16 from the field and a series leading 17-20 from the FT line.
J.R. Smith is in the starting lineup and ready to go. Tonight will be a tough game for the Cavs – I’m looking forward to seeing how they fare defensively, especially if the Pacers go back to a patient half-court attack targeting Kyrie Irving in the Pick and Roll. Let’s watch together here!