The Indiana Pacers take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Playoffs First Round of the Eastern Conference on Monday, start time at 7:00 PM ET, at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Pacers (0-1) had the chance to steal Game One but failed in the final seconds as they lost 109-108. Surely, Indiana came up strong in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Cavaliers, 24-17, but the executions in the final minutes didn’t bring forth fruition.
Paul George scored 29 points in 9-for-19 shooting from the field and 5-for-7 from the free throw line. George wanted the ball in their final position but was denied. Absolutely, if the Pacers will have to win Game 2, George will have to take more shots. With only 19 attempts in Game One, the Pacers offense should be able to adjust to let George be dominant. Lance Stephenson scored 16 points and he has to assert himself once again in this game. Jeff Teague also needs to battle against the point guards of the Cavaliers.
On the season, the Pacers are averaging 105.1 points, 42.0 rebounds and 22.5 assists per game. Defensively, the Pacers are yielding 105.3 points per game against the opposing teams.
In the postseason, George leads in points with 29.0 and in assists with 7.0 per game. Myles Turner leads in steals with 4.0 and in blocks with 1.0 per game. Thaddeus Young leads in rebounds with 9.0 per game.
The Pacers have to be competitive as Game One so that they will give themselves a chance to tie the series. Though the Pacers are up against the defending champions with all their depths, they have all the talents to make the series interesting.
While the Cavaliers survived a scare, they have to find ways for separation. LeBron James had 32 points in 11-for-20 shooting from the field and six-for-nine from the free throw line. James also had 13 assists and six rebounds. Kyrie Irving took too 27 shots and made only 11 of them for 23 points.
For the Cavaliers, the dominance of Kevin Love in the first game had not been seen. Love had averaged 11.1 rebounds per game in the regular season but had only four in Game One. However, center Tristan Thompson had eight points and 13 rebounds in 31 minutes of play.
It would be great to see James facing George again especially in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line. It’s about George taking charge for Indiana while the Cavs have to respond at all times.
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Pacers vs Cavaliers Odds and Spread is at -8.0 Cavs.