Takeaways from the Indiana Pacers Game 2 loss to Cleveland

In the night's other playoff game, the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers gave up a big lead before hanging on to beat the Indiana Pacers 117-111 and take a 2-0 lead in their series.

The Cavs have never lost a playoff series in which they led 2-0, going 12-0.

Game 3 is Thursday night at Indianapolis.

"We have a chance of putting together a four-quarter game, which we've been trying to do all season", James said. Kevin Love is the third double-digit scorer and Channing Frye is grabbing two rebounds.

Nevertheless, Cleveland was dangerously close to losing its fifth consecutive game, dating back to the regular season.

George has starred early this postseason, and led his team in points, rebounds, and assists on Tuesday night. Cleveland's backers have maintained it will figure things out once the games begin to matter, and that by ratcheting up the intensity and effort - not to mention any secret plans - things will change once the playoffs begin.

The Cavs, helped by a defense that held IN to 0-for-4 shooting and caused two turnovers over the first 3 1/2 minutes of the second period, went on a 17-4 run that began late IN the first quarter to take a 46-33 lead. Ellis played more minutes than Robinson and C.J. Miles (nine points on 4-7 shooting) and just one less minute than Stephenson. "He's got to learn to just be in the moment", George said. "He makes a lot of plays for this team but we've just gotta be better with the basketball". They don't - they can't - get closer than that. "We understand that, but we've got to be smart also". Eleven turnovers for 19 points and then missing 13 free throws wasn't good for us, either.

Before Game 2, however, George recanted his previous position.

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The Cavaliers might have found an answer when J.R. Smith left the game with a hamstring injury.

Iman Shumpert, who didn't play at all in Game 1, replaced Smith and scored five points.

"We have so many pieces on this team, but everyone has to stay ready", Irving said of Shumpert's cameo. It's hard to come off the bench right after halftime.

Milwaukee's long, athletic defenders made life rough on Lowry in Game 1, giving him little room to manoeuvre. What's even more telling of their rotation problem is that the Big 3 combined for 89 of those 96 starter points. Every point in the game we know we've got a chance to come back, even when we're down big. The Starters of Indiana Pacers are looking for their win over Cleveland Cavaliers. James (357) also jumped Magic Johnson (358) for third place in career playoff steals and hopped Robert Parish for eighth in rebounds. LeBron James-though irresponsible with the ball-impacted the game in all areas, especially on defense with four steals and four blocks.

In a season of disappointments, the Pacers weren't supposed to threaten the Cavs in LeBron James' attempt to make it to seven straight Finals.

The Cavs led by 12 late in the third quarter Saturday and by 10 with 9:06 to go.

IN smells blood during the last 12 minutes, and Lance Stephenson and Paul George have been the driving forces behind the nail-biters. He was a free agent after being released by the New Orleans Pelicans, who needed his roster spot because he was injured.

The Pacers' Paul George reaches in against LeBron James in the second half in Game 2 on April 17 in Cleveland.

  • Tabitha Byrd