Although George, who finished with a team-high 29 points, didn't like Miles' decision to shoot, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he can live with the outcome.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) playoffs are underway and the 2016 NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers are set to make a run for their second straight cChampionship title, but it is looking like they will not start as the No. 1 seed like last year's playoffs. IN has been in playoff mode for weeks and George carried the Pacers down the stretch go to get them into the postseason by averaging 32.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists during a 5-1 April. They had the ball down one, with ten seconds left. With Smith sticking to Paul George, it allows James to play as a free safety and disrupt the Pacers offense. George put his hands out, waiting for the ball as he ran from the double-team defense of James and J.R. Smith. It's easy to say those two will be the keys for the Cavaliers in the playoffs, on most nights they will both be among the best three players on the floor. George opted for Miles, hoping for a surrogate role in the same play.
"It's a long journey, we understand that", Irving said. "They played well, but we will be better".
Part of the problem for IN is Cleveland's patience IN the pick and roll game.
"I talked to C.J".
The Cavs survived Game 1, 109-108, after Paul George gave up the ball on the final possession, never to get it back.
Miles taking that shot was not ideal, so I get why George is a bit irked.
For LeBron James, however, hypotenticals are not in his wheelhouse.
"If I didn't get that block previous year in the Finals, what happens?" "What if there wasn't a rain delay in the World Series..." The Pacers forward stated that he is "confident" with his teammates, but in those situations, he must have the ball. "You've got to knock that shot down".
"I just try to be a guy who makes smart decisions in attack mode, and take some of the pressure off Paul", said Stephenson, who previously played with in from 2010-2014. "We all know math in here". When you're doubling me, I'm giving it up. "I've kicked it to him and he's made the big shot". Neither Mo Williams nor LeBron James committed a single miscue, while dishing out a combined 11 assists.LeBron would proceed to lead all scorers with 38 points, adding eight boards and seven assists as the Wine and Gold tipped off the 2009 Playoffs with a convincing 102-84 win over the Pistons. When asked about the fourth quarter, however, all Irving would discuss was his missed layup with 44 seconds remaining. I'm happy with how emotional we were. "Yes, I do feel like we let one slip away". Expect this to normalize.
CLEVELAND (AP) - LeBron James delivered 32 points, 13 assists and six rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers outlasted IN, 109-108. Switches flipped and such. Against the heavily-favored Bullets, the Cavaliers led by five after three quarters, but K.C. Jones' squad fought back to take a late lead. DeMar DeRozan had a team-high 27 points for the Raptors, who host Game 2 on Tuesday. Had he hit a couple more key free throws throughout the rest of the game, Love would've had 20. Totals 42-78 14-27 109.
0 - Minutes for Iman Shumpert. Irving had eight points and four assists in the quarter, and James had four points and three assists.
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