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Cavs edge Pacers, take 2-0 series lead

21 April 2017, 07:29 | Joan Schultz

Shumpert sparks Cavs after Smith hurts hamstring in Game 2

Indiana Pacers Paul George shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers Iman Shumpert in the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday

"What I saw was a true professional", LeBron James said of Shumpert, whose struggles late in the regular season led to his Game 1 benching.

Game 3 is Thursday night.

In Game 2, for the first time in team history, the Cleveland Cavaliers had three players (LeBron, Kyrie, Love) score at least 25 points in a playoff game.

Paul George is squaring up on those who are criticizing his leadership style. "We can't complain. We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she'll come home". As we see with the constant "LeBron is the General Manager!" stuff, it's hard to get praise when coaching James, but Lue deserves his fair share.

"We know what's at stake", C.J. Miles said.

Shumpert picked up a foul guarding George in his first 30 seconds on the floor before knocking down a 3-pointer from the corner, forcing in coach Nate McMillan to call time. "We're going to go out there, keep trying to give them hell, keep competing and we'll get ourselves a win".

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Coach, Tyronn Lue, however, said that he does not want LeBron to change his free throw motion.

After the Pacers dropped a 109-108 decision in Game 1, George was selfishly critical of how the game ended and how he needed to take the final shot.

That plan was almost railroaded on Monday when Smith sustained a hamstring injury that kept him out of the rest of the contest. "Shump sparked that, made a couple shots for us also". "He's got to learn to just be in the moment. We need Lance. He's a leader in the locker room and we feed off his energy". A lot of it is his heart and his competitiveness, that emotion comes out on him. "He's got to channel that toward making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed".

Pacers: Glenn Robinson III returned after missing the past 12 games with a strained left calf. C Al Jefferson was active, but didn't play. The Cavaliers finished 4th in the league with 110 points per game. He scored 36 points, grabbed a playoff career-high 15 rebounds and finishing with nine assists, one short of his second postseason triple-double.

"By making good on his pledge to bring a championship to the Cleveland Cavaliers and by investing in the promise of future generations through his foundation, LeBron James has not only bolstered the self-esteem of his native OH but also become an inspiration for all Americans-proof that talent combined with passion, tenacity and decency can reinvent the possible".

The Bulls and the Pacers were teams that underachieved during the season and the better teams in the east knew that they were not going to be a tough out.

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