Cavaliers' JR Smith exits Game 2 with hamstring injury


Blown big leads. Defensive breakdowns.

Needed to start the second half after J.R. Smith's left hamstring tightened up, Shumpert provided scoring, defensive pressure on Paul George and some attitude as Cleveland survived another late rally by IN for a 117-111 win to take a 2-0 lead IN their Eastern Conference series. It's not exactly a "take your pick" situation, but the East has other teams that can get it done in a seven-game series.

And right now the Pacers can't afford another loss to James & Co., who have seemingly found a grove and are ready to pounce on the opportunity.

James softened up the defense on drives, Irving kept Pacers point guard Jeff Teague on skates and Love buried almost every shot he took. Kevin Love contributed 27 points and 11 rebounds and was 12 of 12 from the foul line. "We haven't won, but we can take some positives from the games we played". They led by as many as 19 points but led by just 4 with 15 seconds left. Ole! Paul George is averaging 30.5 points and 6.5 rebounds while Jeff Teague is averaging 19 points and four assists.

In two fourth quarters against IN, the Cavs have been outscored, 57-38.

Love, who finished 12-for-12 at the line, canned two with 17.5 seconds to go and Shumpert baited C.J. Miles into an offensive foul on Indiana's subsequent inbounds play, finally marking the beginning of the end for the Pacers. It's playoffs, guys are playing a lot of minutes and they're competing. "We understand that, but we've got to be smart also". Kawhi Leonard (37/11/2) was the best player on the court and was ultra-efficient, going 9-of-14 shooting and a remarkable 19-of-19 from the charity stripe. "We can't complain. We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she'll come home".

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George scored 32 points and tallied eight rebounds and seven assists on Monday. His Game 2 comments, if better left unsaid, were indisputable on the merits, as Stephenson's unpredictability clearly played a role in a circuitous journey that saw him play for five different teams between the end of the 2013-2014 season and his return to in in March.

Teague injured his right wrist in the second half and coach Nate McMillan said the starting guard will undergo X-rays. "But we're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become".

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

"He had that mindset, came in and executed, and it's hard to come off the bench right after halftime. We just need Shump to stay focused and understand the task at hand and I think he did a good job of that tonight".

Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral • Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas plans to play in Game 2 Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls, then head to Washington state to be with his family and help complete funeral arrangements for his sister. When pressed further, Lue didn't want to blame the isolation plays and lack of ball movement as much as the Cavs just not taking care of the ball. They did the little things to put themselves in a position to win and entered every battle with Miami, from 2012 on, with the very real intention of beating the Heat. Even when we're down big. "We know we've got an opportunity to clamp down and make baskets and get ourselves back in the game".