Cavs' JR Smith questionable for Game 3 with sore


The Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a bout of fourth quarter jitters to take a grip of their National Basketball Association playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Monday as San Antonio seized control of their duel with Memphis.

However, the defending champions, following a pattern that began late in the regular season, almost gave away an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers crawled within four in the final minute before Cleveland closed it out at the foul line.

The Cavs, who got 89 points from their Big 3 of James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Game 2, may need more from Shumpert if Smith's injury lingers.

The Indiana Pacers now trail the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the opening round of the postseason. "We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she'll come home".

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James scored 41 points and added 13 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks as the Cavaliers overcame a 25-point halftime margin in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Yes, Cleveland is 0-2 ATS in the first two games of this series.

Indiana Pacers star Paul George is attacking critics of his recent postgame comments. But the Cavs are also 2-0 straight up, obviously, and they will have a much smaller spread to cover in this spot.

"Obviously, he's one of the better - I think him, Kawhi and probably Tony Allen are the best on-ball defenders in the league", Smith added. In the first two games, the Pacers have allowed Cleveland 113 points per game.

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Game 3 is Thursday night at Indianapolis.

Durant, who suffered a left calf strain while scoring 32 points in the Warriors' Game One win on Sunday, was seen clutching his leg throughout the victory. No team better defines the concept than that one, which rolled through the postseason on its way to a second straight title behind the combination of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, both of whom were at the peak of their powers as part of a devastating combination few teams in National Basketball Association history could match. "We knew the importance of this game".

If Smith can't go in Game 3, the Cavs will likely start Shumpert, who did a nice job harassing George during the third quarter when the Cavs took control and opened a 19-point lead. "Shump sparked that, made a couple shots for us also".

"We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. He's just got to channel that and put it towards making effort plays on the court and do whatever he needs for us to succeed".

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