Victor Oladipo steps into his 4th three of the 1st half! He has been on point in the postseason as well. But after LeBron James spun around Sabonis for a fast-break layup to cut the lead to seven, that plan blew up in smoke. Here are five factors that contributed to Friday's rout. However, all of this success has been rooted in their play defensively as they lead the league giving up 101. Hence, the Cavaliers scored seven straight points, including a LeBron fast break dunk when he so obviously cherry-picked. As the series returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse for Game 6, the Pacers will be looking for its All-Star, Victor Oladipo, to find his shooting touch. Game 2 is Wednesday at 7 p.
James rarely squanders opportunities in the East. The Cavaliers are one of the best teams in the league in field goal percentage 4 , points per game 5 and three point percentage 6. Not hard to figure out what the Pacers have to do: Play better. He has spent much of every day keeping up with the latest trends and games across each sport in the country. James has been the standout performer for Cavs and he contributed 44 points in Game 5.
I have great respect and admiration for the Indiana Pacers basketball club. Pacers 74, Cavs 54 - 5:50 3Q Three-pointers from Bojan Bogdanovic and Myles Turner have blown this game open for now. Rating: The Cavaliers have continued to experience a large number of struggles, which have continued to persist as the season has worn on. The Pacers missed plenty of open shots in Game 5, going six-of-20 from three-point range. In three games, he has failed to reach double figures and had just seven points on Friday. Still kind of fired up here.
Running commentary and highlights follow below. Game Recap For three straight games, Victor Oladipo seemed to be struggling with his shot. Pacers 59, Cavaliers 38, 11:08 left in 3rd quarter Those games you often see when the favorite storms out of the locker room at halftime and immediately gets a large deficit down? The host the Cavaliers for Game 6 at the Fieldhouse on Friday night. Most every role player has played up to his capabilities. Pacers 73, Cavaliers 65, end of third quarter This was bizarre.
A three-time Finals team torn down to the studs and rebuilt over years? It might be different for the Cavs on Tuesday night. James has carried Cleveland through the first five games against Indiana, highlighted by a Game 5 performance for the ages. They missed their next 11 three-pointers as a 22-17 lead in the first quarter turned into a 71-51 Pacers lead in the third quarter. Prediction: Indiana over Cleveland, 105-102. Oladipo who had been in a slump to an extent for the past three games, completely returned to form, scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists in the game. Kevin Love, who missed Thursday's game with continued foot soreness and is day to day, has posted a double-double in each of his last 3 games. But on Friday, close won't cut it in the win-or-go-home matchup.
After struggling earlier on in the series, Cleveland are now 3-2 up and could seal their place in the next round with victory. They won Game 3 in Indiana to take a 2-1 series lead and overcame a 15-point deficit to take a fourth-quarter lead in Game 4 before the Cavs came back to steal one. After LeBron James added another chapter to his storied career on Wednesday night, as time expired to take Game 5, the Pacers find themselves down 3-2 and on the brink of elimination. This all goes to say: The Cavs have LeBron, and the Pacers have a team. .
The got another superhuman performance from , including a buzzer-beater to win Game 5, and now have a chance to close out the in the first round of the on Friday in Game 6 in Indianapolis 8 p. Blitzing Oladipo on pick-and-rolls already proved risky for the Cavs through the first four games of the series, as the Pacers quickly learned to pass out of the trap and play four-on-three against a scrambling Cavs defense. Victor Oladipo missed six of his seven attempts from behind the arc, and his poor shot selection has hurt Indiana on offense. The Pacers had to go to their bench, which is when they struggled the most in the first half. This is the 6th game between these two teams and the Cavaliers are winning the series, 3-2. Bojan Bogdanovic, both as shooter and defender, as faired as well as could be reasonably expected; Lance Stephenson finally managed ; Thaddeus Young has been instrumental in containing Love and slowing LeBron at times.
A layup by and a breakaway for led to an immediate Ty Lue timeout. Now put your damn head down. Meanwhile, Indiana has thus far gotten away with putting the slower Myles Turner on. Pacers 33, Cavaliers 21, 10:22 left in 2nd quarter decided not to take LeBron James out after he played the entire first quarter, which is understandable given the Pacers led by 19 points after the first quarter. More importantly, he was a terror defensively, as was the entire Pacers team.
He is currently averaging a career-high 16. Pregame By Eric Stephen The and figure to be a fun 4-5 matchup in the first round of the , and seeks to extend a remarkable playoff streak. LeBron had 24 points and 12 assists, but nobody else showed up other than J. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers hold a 3-2 series lead and will have an opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Game 6. Keep in mind, the under is 8-3-1 in the last 12 meetings between both teams. Thaddeus Young tallied double figures in 56 games last season. Through five games, the Cavs have an offensive rating of 102.
This series has been a mystery game to game. Tristan Thompson 4,424 is 11 rebounds away from passing Anderson Varejao 4,434 for the fifth-most boards in franchise history. The Pacers lit it up from beyond the arc, making 15-of-30 shots from behind the arc. LeBron James is actually bleeding after a run in with Thad Young. The Cavs are in trouble, man.