George insists comments were intended to motivate Pacers

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue talks with Iman Shumpert in the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday

When the final horn sounded, the Cavaliers inexplicably pulled out the win 119-114. If the Pacers don't get their act together soon they will be out of the playoffs rather quickly. "And we don't push the ball every single possession when we get a chance".

A three-pointer on the buzzer from Kyrie Irving handed Cleveland a 96-78 lead heading into the fourth quarter, an 18-point cushion.

Turnovers: 18 (James 8, Irving 4, Thompson 3, Love 2, Smith).

Lue might be on to something about fatigue.

The shot selection shows something similar. They played the same way with a lead in the fourth quarter in the first two games of the series at Quicken Loans Arena, but both times they were able to hang on to win. Cleveland had just two assists in the period.

In the third quarter, Cleveland took advantage of a mismatch underneath and pounded the ball inside to Love, who scored 10 straight and drew a charging foul on Lance Stephenson in a span of two minutes as the Cavs opened an 89-70 lead.

But Randolph scored 11 points in the second quarter, and the Grizzlies carried a 50-46 lead into halftime.

"We're playing some really, really good basketball", said James.

"Shump was unbelievable", Lue said. He missed three months with a fractured right thumb and was visibly frustrated by the latest setback when he returned to the bench after the third quarter started. "Just staying ready, being professional, he did a great job on Paul George". And then he traded the wrong player. Or is the defense locked in because shots are falling and there's more gusto on the other end? Every time he has a bad game, which is a rarity, some wine and gold fans and fans across the National Basketball Association continually re-converse about the trade that sent Love to Cleveland for then-rookie Andrew Wiggins, a conversation that should have stopped before it even started, but who am I to say.

Leonard finished 9 for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws. Earlier in the game Love had taken a forearm to the face, the result of George trying to use Love as a launch pad. "We were moving, we were flying around and we were communicating on coverages and allowed us to have that third".

"He's got to learn to control himself and be in the moment", George said after the 117-111 defeat.

John Wall and the Washington Wizards look as if they are on a mission.

He was, quite easily, the best player on the court and shots began to fall from everyone around him. "We needed it. We needed that energy from him".

However, the Cavs are not a good defensive team.

Irving now has even more confidence that he can create for himself or a teammate at will, so the Pacers have to put more pressure on him and make his life more hard, or this series won't last long.

"In situations like that, our guys are free to speak and talk about situations like that", coach Nate McMillan said. "We take away some of these easy baskets we're giving up, and these games might be a little different. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance". Even when we're down big. "When they made a run offensively, we tried to get it back ourselves, but we just lost our poise".


  • Close Call: Irving Scores 37, Cavs Hold On To Beat Pacers

    Close Call: Irving Scores 37, Cavs Hold On To Beat Pacers

    In the Pacers' Game 1 loss to the Cavs, it was CJ Miles whom George called out for missing a potential game-winning jumper. Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays.

    Billionaires, companies power Trump's record inaugural haul

    The deal drew criticism from Republicans who worry it sets the stage for Vladimir Putin to take control of American oil. Numerous companies which made donations to the 2017 event also donated to Obama's prior inauguration.

    Australia scraps visa for skilled foreign workers

    The new temporary visa requires applicants to have work experience, a high standard of English skills and a criminal check. It will be replaced by two temporary visas, one for two-year stays and another for four-year stays.
  • Hillary Clinton's Alleged Apology To Barack Obama On Election Night Explained

    Hillary Clinton's Alleged Apology To Barack Obama On Election Night Explained

    Going first has its advantages - perhaps in sales and attention - but in this case the quick-fire version proves too limiting. Just two days before the election, Comey announces that nothing has been found that would merit criminal charges for Clinton.
    ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

    ACC extends deals with North Carolina sites after law change

    The Dr Pepper ACC Championship Football Game has been a sellout in three of the six years it has been played in Charlotte. Columbus will also play host to an NCAA men's Division I golf regional tournament in 2022 at OSU Golf Club.
    Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

    Trump extends private-sector health care program for vets

    Trump specifically thanked Senator John McCain and Senator Johnny Isakson for their work on the bill, as well as Rep. Those groups generally oppose privatization as a threat to the viability of VA medical centers.
  • South Korea: North Korea missile test ends in failure

    On Thursday, Trump tweeted again that the USA , along with its allies, was prepared to deal with North Korea . South Korea's Defense Ministry said it was analyzing exactly how the North Korean launch failed.
    Lawyer: United will save evidence in dragged passenger case

    Lawyer: United will save evidence in dragged passenger case

    David Dao, 69, was pulled from a United flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport to make space for four crew members. It also exposed a corporate culture in which airlines - and United in particular - have long "bullied" passengers, he said.
    `Disappointed` Hamilton apologises to Mercedes for Bahrain GP penalty

    `Disappointed` Hamilton apologises to Mercedes for Bahrain GP penalty

    We will come back fighting". "It's frustrating to have had an issue this morning which cost us a lot of track time", Turvey said having waited all day to get back behind the wheel.
  • O'Reilly's departure creates new challenges for Fox

    O'Reilly is also one of the country's most popular nonfiction authors. "That's not going to bode well", Beck said. The veteran presenter, 67, said at the time that he had settled only to spare his children from the controversy.
    American Express (AXP) Soars on Q1 Earnings and Revenue Beat

    American Express (AXP) Soars on Q1 Earnings and Revenue Beat

    TRADEMARK VIOLATION NOTICE: This piece of content was first reported by The Cerbat Gem and is the property of of The Cerbat Gem. Citigroup Inc restated a "buy" rating on shares of American Express Company in a research note on Friday, January 20th.
    KC awarded more NCAA championships

    KC awarded more NCAA championships

    The NCAA's reveal of its future championship sites Tuesday contained numerous cities one would expect to find on such a list. The NCAA announced Tuesday that Wisconsin will host the 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country National Championships.


Latest news

Ann Coulter rejects UC Berkeley's rescheduling, vows to keep original speech date
At Berkeley, university officials said the recent violence has caused them to rethink where and when to hold such events. A planned appearance at UC Berkeley by far-right pundit and self-described "polemicist" Ann Coulter has been cancelled.

Former taxi driver Gary Wilson puts the brakes on Ronnie O'Sullivan
Not least 17-year-old Yan Bingtao, who made his way through qualifying to set up a meeting with 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy. Hendry, the retired seven-time champion and most successful player of the Crucible era, also likes Selby's chances.

Fowler, Hoffman edge ahead at sun-drenched Masters
That's the allure of Augusta National, and it's never more appealing than when so many top players are right there with a chance. The Australian's sole major win was at the Masters in 2013 and he'll be looking to recapture that moment in a couple of days.

US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'
Yoon suggested unification on the Korean peninsula would be realized without China's meddling. It received raucous applause from the hundreds of North Korean officials in attendance.

Real To Draw Atletico?
Atletico, meanwhile, ended Leicester's fairytale run in Europe, edging the Foxes 2-1 over two legs. Proceedings will begin at 11.00am BST, with the draw following shortly after.

20 killed as truck rams into shops in Andhra Pradesh
Most of the deaths were said to be on account of electric shock as the lorry hit an electric pole before ramming into the shop. Andhra Pradesh Cabinet expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakh to the kin of the deceased.

Destruction in fight to take west Mosul worse than east
A gas attack blamed on Islamic State militants has struck Iraqi soldiers in a newly-liberated area of Mosul. "Daesh (Islamic State) suicide motorcycles now are their favourite weapon inside the Old City", he said .

Utah Jazz: Takeaways Leading Into Game 2 Against Clippers
While the Clippers led throughout the entire game, they still needed Chris Paul to take over late to keep the Jazz at bay. In the game's first six minutes, Paul twice found soft spots for jumpers and twice found Jordan for lobs over the top.

Wall scores playoff-best 32 as Wizards beat Hawks in Game 1
On the positive side, the Hawks got a significant boost from the bench in the first half. "Not worry about what they're saying". The Wizards have now won four straight meetings with the Hawks , covering the spread in three of those four victories.

No Bones about it: Cormier, Johnson set for UFC rematch
Despite the loss, Johnson is widely regarded as one of the best fighters at 205 pounds and one of the best finishers in the sport. Many observers noticed Cormier's hands were on top of an outstretched towel during his second attempt, which could offset weight.

Addison Russell hits walk-off homer against the Brewers
Thames doubled into the right field corner with one out and Braun followed with a two-run home run - his fifth of the year. Louis, who will start RHP Carlos Martinez (0-2, 3.57). "The middle of our lineup is carrying our offense", Counsell said.

Blackhawks hope to start comeback vs. Predators
And I thought it couldn't get any louder in here. "He had lots of looks and lots of opportunities, even in the first period". If the Predators are able to close out the series Wednesday and sweep the Blackhawks they will make history.

Victoria Beckham Receives Royal Award
Popstar turned fashion designer Victoria Beckham is among a host of stars who are to be honoured at Buckingham Palace in London. The couple now share four children together: sons Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, and Cruz, 12, as well as their daughter, Harper, 5.

Snap stock falls as alleged CEO comments rile some on social media
And soon #boycottsnapchat started trending on Twitter with people criticizing the app and the founder. Spiegel's remarks caused an uproar in India where users are quickly uninstalling the Snapchat app.

Boston gets 2022 Frozen Four
In addition to the women's Frozen Four, Penn State was selected to host a number of other championship events leading up to 2022. Congratulations to Sandy Barbour and the athletic department for gaining the program and university this great opportunity.

Other news