LeBron reachs the Finals for a seventh straight season

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LeBron reachs the Finals for a seventh straight season

Messaggiodi Helena il 18 aprile 2017, 16:02

If Pacers superstar Paul George was upset with CJ Miles for taking the potential game winner from him Saturday, you have to wonder how he felt about Lance Stephenson falling into the foil role Cleveland needed to wake up and play inspired ball, leading to a 19-point Cavaliers lead.
CLEVELAND -- LeBron James said that http://www.officialmarlinstore.com/Adeiny_Hechavarria_Jersey the Cleveland Cavaliers' meager one-point margin of victory in Game 1 didn't bother him, so long as the Cavs got the win.
That said, he saw his team build a big lead again, only for the Pacers to get as close as a two-possession game in Monday's 117-111 win, which put the Cavs up 2-0 over the Indiana Pacers in the first-round series.
We all know how impossible LeBron can be for opposing defenses to deal with, but the help he has around him may be at its all-time best.
In Game 1 against the Pacers, his 13 assists kept the defense guessing, and he picked his spots offensively, finishing 12-of-20 from the field for a game-high 32 points.
In Game 2, however, it was Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love that did the bulk of the damage to put the game out of reach. LeBron was as impactful as ever, finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and four blocked shots -- as good as, if not better than, Draymond Green's near 5X5 effort in the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Blazers.
Irving led all Dave Parker Womens Jersey scorers with 37 points. Love was right behind him with 27 points on an exceptionally efficient 6-of-7 shooting and 11 rebounds. James was solid despite a game-high eight turnovers, contributing 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. James' teams had previously been 0-3 in the playoffs when he had at least nine turnovers, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
This is the first time that Love, Irving and James have all scored 25 points in the same playoff game. The Cavaliers are now 7-0 when the trio score at least 20 points each in the postseason.
Paul George had 32 points to pace Indiana once again, with 14 coming in a fourth quarter that saw the Pacers outscore the Cavs 33-21 and get as close as a four-point deficit with 19.5 seconds left to play.
The Cavs made their move to take charge earlier than they did in Game 1, using an 11-0 run from the end of the first quarter through the start of the second quarter to seemingly grab control. Cleveland went 5-for-8 during the spurt while Indiana was 0-for-4 with two turnovers.
However , it was the Cavs' turnovers that allowed the Pacers to stick around, cutting a 13-point Cleveland lead down to five.After coughing it up 11 times in Game 1, leading to 19 points for Indiana, the Cavs had 11 turnovers in the first half Monday and the Pacers scored 14 points off of them. James was the biggest culprit, losing the ball six times to mar an otherwise brilliant 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting, five rebounds and five assists in the first half. Overall, Indiana outscored http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com Cleveland 24-17 on points off turnovers.
Iman Shumpert saw his first action of the series starting the second half in place of JR Smith, who left the game at halftime with a left hamstring injury. Shumpert quickly made his presence felt, guarding George on one end and hitting a 3 on another to cap a 7-0 run to start the third quarter that put the Cavs back up by 12.
The third ended with Kyrie Irving tossing in a 3-pointer over Stephenson and jawing at him to punctuate the play he made before heading back to the Cavs' bench for the quarter break.
The Cavs' masterful third quarter, in which they outscored the Pacers 33-20, really got going when Stephenson was matched with Kevin Love. Cleveland's All-Star forward took it to Indiana's wild card.
Kyrie Irving's 37 points paced the Cavaliers as they took a 2-0 lead over the Pacers. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
When Irving wasn't scoring on Stephenson, he was unleashing on Jeff Teague much the same way he did each of the past two postseasons when Teague played for the Atlanta Hawks.
Later, Shumpert poked the ball away from George and dove to the floor for the loose ball, causing a jump ball to be called. Tristan Thompson approached Shumpert to celebrate his defensive gusto while the guard flexed his biceps to the delight of the crowd.
The Cavs' offense was exemplary, shooting 60.3 percent through three quarters and 55.3 percent for the game. Their defense still has some kinks to work out, as the Pacers shot 51.2 percent overall and 8-for-20 (40.0 percent) from 3.
He eventually got one to go his http://www.officialbluejaysproshop.com/Ryan_Goins_Jersey way, drawing a charge on the 6-foot-9, 285-pound Kevin Seraphin in the third quarter -- a quarter that belonged to Love. He scored 10 in the period, including going right at Stephenson in consecutive sequences when being matched with the 6-5 swingman in the post.
It's not like the effort wasn't there on the defensive end. Twice Love set up to take a charge and appeared to have position -- first on George and later on Teague -- and both times a blocking foul was called on Love. James was called for a technical foul for expressing his displeasure on the second call that went against Love.
The other supposed threat to the Cavs didn't inspire much confidence in their first game of the playoffs, either. The Raptors were manhandled by Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry began their annual postseason slide right on schedule, and the Bucks took Game 1 in Toronto easier than anyone expected, winning by double-digits in a game Milwaukee led by as many as 19 points.
The Raptors were supposed to be infinitely better defensively with the midseason additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, but they had absolutely no answers in that first meeting with the Bucks. The defense in Toronto was supposed to be the biggest threat to the Cavaliers in the East, but we have yet to see it perform even serviceably, much less live up to the hype. And if Lowry and DeRozan can't at least play to their regular-season levels -- something they haven't proven they can do in the playoffs at any time over the past four years -- then it's tough to see how the Raptors could even hang with the Cavaliers, much less take them down in a best-of-7 series.
The Cavaliers didn't finish the regular season with the best record in the East, and their late-season slide (combined with a defensive rating that's the lowest of any team that's won a title since the 2001 Lakers) had plenty of pundits ready to believe that http://www.officialpiratesproshop.com/Starling_Marte_Jersey this would be the season that LeBron James' incredible run of six straight Finals appearances would finally come to an end.
But after the way Cleveland clicked offensively in its first two playoff games against the Pacers, along with the way we've seen the other supposed contenders in the conference play in their opening-round matchups, it's already become clear -- after just two postseason games -- that LeBron and the Cavaliers will be back in the Finals once again.
Helena
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