Pacers looking for hometown love, less of Cleveland's Love in Game 3


LeBron James wanted it, so they got it.

George also challenged Turner, a talented second-year center, to give him more help on the court after Turner finished Game 2 with just six points on 3-of-10 shooting with five rebounds. It wouldn't surprise me if the Pacers win, possibly by double digits.Regardless of how the Pacers perform, I think the Cavs are due for a stumble. Why? George said he should have taken the shot.

Most important, as the Cavs have come together, the Pacers seem to be coming apart at the seams, starting with All-Star Paul George.

If George is unhappy and the Pacers can't make it out of the first round, the front office may have to have an honest discussion about trading George before he bolts when he gets the chance. This is not to say that George is a bad person or a toxic player, but that his time as a Pacer is expiring. "We're right there of what we know we can become, and we'll figure it out".

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Facing an 0-2 deficit in their best-of-seven series, the Pacers return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse, hoping to get a little love from their fans and a lot less (Kevin) Love from the Cavaliers.

"You just gotta tame him", Stephenson said.

"I thought we lost our composure and got frantic out there", McMillan said of his team's third-quarter meltdown.

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Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving doesn't guard anyone, Kevin Love is below average, and reserves Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Deron Williams all provide excellent scoring and floor spacing for Cleveland but are never going to be confused with any stoppers. Cleveland defenders were watching the ball rather and not their IN counterparts drifting into open space. The 74 points was the most the Cavs ever allowed in one half of a playoff game. To add to his wonderful performance, he went six of seven from the field, including an impressive three of four from beyond the three-point line, and a flawless 12 of 12 at the free-throw line. But other than Jeff Teague's 23 points in the second contest, no other Pacer has reached the 20-point mark in either game. Lance Stephenson had 13 points. IN scored 37 points in the first quarter, falling just short of a season high (39), then matched that 37 in the second quarter for its highest first-half total of the season. The Pacers have never endured a four-game sweep in the National Basketball Association.

IN has only been down 3-0 in one other seven-game series since it joined the National Basketball Association.

And it didn't have to happen.

George, sounding nearly like the coach of the Pacers rather than a player, said Stephenson needs to control his emotions and keep his head in the game. The nerves were out and the players were ready, and the team was finally ready to execute the offense and defense they had been practicing for this series.

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Then they had a one-point loss with a chance to win Game 1 of the playoffs. "We knew the importance of this game". In Game 3 on Thursday, look for Turner to come out and play more aggressively in front of the in fans.

On Sunday, Indiana will try to stave off elimination when it hosts Cleveland for Game 4.