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    Default 4/17/2017 NBA Playoffs, First Round - Game Thread #2: Pacers Vs. Cavaliers

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    Ball Don't Lie:
    Switch not flipped: Cavs escape Pacers on final possession of playoff opener
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    The Cleveland Cavaliers began the 2017 playoffs as favorites to make the NBA Finals for a third-
    consecutive season, but that status came with some big qualifiers. The defending champions
    spent the last several months of the regular season in a defensive funk, registering as one of the
    least efficient units in the league and generally seeming to coast under the assumption they could
    flip a switch for the postseason. The question in Saturday’s playoff opener against the No. 7
    Indiana Pacers is whether that process would happen immediately or if the Cavs would need more
    time to round into championship form.

    It’s safe to say Cleveland’s not quite there yet. The Cavs escaped Saturday afternoon’s Game 1
    with a 109-108 win, but the quality of performance and course of the final few minutes suggest
    that this first-round series against a 42-win opponent could be much tougher than most analysts
    expected.

    That’s largely because the Pacers had a clean look to win it in the final seconds. Down just one
    point with 20 seconds on the clock, Indiana handed the ball to Paul George to make a play out of
    a timeout. The Cavs brought a double team to force it out of his hands, and C.J. Miles missed a
    fairly open jumper to end it.

    Video stills showed Lance Stephenson open under the basket as the double team came to
    George, but that’s arguably a pass only LeBron James makes effectively. The greater indictment
    of Indiana’s play is that they seemed to have no Plan B if George had to give up the ball.

    LeBron said in his on-court post-game interview that the plan was to let anyone but George
    shoot, and it’s fair to say it worked. However, a title contender would hope to not have to resort
    to the luck of a missed game-winner in the first round. The most logical reaction to this result for
    a Cleveland fan would be one of relief, not confidence that everything had gone according to plan.

    Even worse for the Cavs, they had to come back themselves late in the fourth quarter. Up 103-94
    just inside the 7:00 mark, Cleveland saw Indiana go on an 11-0 run to take a 105-103 lead on a
    Jeff Teague three-pointer with 3:31 remaining. Yet that surge only inspired James to take over.
    LeBron followed immediately with this thunderous dunk to tie it:

    James assisted on Kyrie Irving’s go-ahead jumper on the next possession, as well, and the Cavs
    had suddenly regained control of the game. Yet those big plays were just a portion of his near-
    constant contributions to the Cavs’ win. LeBron finished with a game-high 32 points (12-of-20
    FG, 2-of-3 3FG, 6-of-9 FT) and 13 assists in 43 minutes in a full demonstration of his offensive
    abilities and his intention to impress himself upon this postseason just as he did in 2016. If
    nothing else, any struggles the Cavs have as a team can quickly be answered by a few
    transcendent moments from the best player of his generation. LeBron can cover plenty of
    weaknesses by himself.

    The question is...CONTINUE READING AT BALL DON'T LIE


    SBNation:
    The Cavaliers didn’t restore our confidence in them
    Tim Cato & Whitney Medworth

    Game 1 was an “old” school throwback, with Paul George facing up against LeBron James in a
    rematch of those Pacers-Heat series we adored just a few seasons ago. (It really doesn’t feel
    forever ago; teams rise and fall so quickly in the NBA, it’s incredible.) As a game — with Lance
    Stephenson showing off, and it coming down to a final shot — it was great. As a reassurance
    that Cleveland is the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, however, it did little to assuage
    our questions.

    The biggest one is obvious: can Cleveland defend at a championship level? They did last year,
    finishing 10th in the league in defensive rating and winning a 93-89 game akin to trench
    warfare in taking the championship. This season, though, their defensive effort has been
    tragic. They boast a 108.0 defensive rating, which ties them for 23rd best in league. You can
    rattle off three, four or five reasons for that if you want, and they’re mostly valid. But the fact
    of the matter remains: in the 2016-17 season, Cleveland hasn’t proven their defense is
    championship quality.

    Yes, that’s concerning.

    It’s even more concerning when Cleveland goes out and lets Indiana — the 15th best offense
    — drop 108 points in a loss. One makeable C.J. Miles jumper, and the Cavaliers would have
    been playing from behind. All season, even more than the past two, Cleveland has done things
    that makes us frown and tweet out thinking face emojis. “Hmm,” we said, “are they really
    going to snap out of this?” We know they can, and after erasing a 3-1 deficit last finals, it’s
    hard to doubt them. So when we throw out a couple questions about whether this team is
    conference championship material — forget whether they can battle Golden State, because
    they almost assuredly cannot — take that seriously. People aren’t doubting Cleveland just to
    doubt Cleveland. We’re questioning them because they have given us so many reasons we
    can’t ignore them anymore.

    Yes — Cleveland can snap out of this. Everything we just said, and every discernible flaw that
    exhibited itself this season, and it may still be fine. The Cavaliers still have the same personnel,
    more or less, as last year. There’s no concrete reason for something they accomplished last
    year to fall outside of their grasp in this one.

    But we thought...CONTINUE READING AT SBNATION


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    Hope GRIII can get a few minutes in the first to see how he does.

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    0-2, see you guys Thursday in a must win. Still not hitting the panic button.


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    I hope the last play of the game is an ISO play with Paul George against a double team, and his teammates stand along the perimeter with no expectations of receiving a pass.


    Remember when we could have gotten 1-2 solid players and a possible Top 3 draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by trading away Paul George?

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    We can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Show me something Nate, surprise me with some epic adjustment.

    We had some big contributions from guys not named Paul George in key runs Game 1, namely LANCE and Teague with big shots.

    But tonight, it HAS to be a full team effort. It just has to be.

    LET'S GO!!!!!!

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    If this is a close one, we're gonna pull it out. Let's hope Kyrie keeps shooting like crap.
    Yay, we don't know what we're doing as a franchise! thanks PG!

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    I'm pretty sure PG is scoring 45+ tonight.

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    TNT's show would be better without Shaq.

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    Leggo Pacers leggo! Fuxk the Cavs

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    0-2, see you guys Thursday in a must win. Still not hitting the panic button.


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    Last 30 seconds of a game
    1 for 25 in the regular season
    1 for 3 in the playoffs...That's what $200 mil buys in the clutch. Although I guess it's his efforts that put them close in the first place.
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    Omg Myles that block

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    bank is still open

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    TNT is giving all of our points to Cleveland.
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    Cavs have our points on the board. Lol.

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    Great we have Teague guarding Lebron again. I hate Nate so bad.

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    Cavs are looking for that switch of Teague onto LeBron.

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    Damn we are looking amazing
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    PG feeling it early.
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    PG still on FIRE!

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    The Teague switch is not as bad as many think it is, huge positive other guys won't get involved.
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    PG going for 40 tonight

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    The Teague switch is not as bad as many think it is, huge positive other guys won't get involved.
    I have to admit, it's growing on me... Kinda...

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    The Teague switch is not as bad as many think it is, huge positive other guys won't get involved.
    So you're sticking with that bit of Sunny logic, eh?

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    I have to admit, it's growing on me... Kinda...
    LeBron making shots right over the top of Teague something you enjoy?

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