Tonight will mark the third game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Indiana Pacers in their playoff series. The first game took place on April 15 when the Pacers handed the Cavaliers a disappointing 98-80 loss. During that game, Victor Oladipo scored thirty-two points, grabbed six rebounds, gave out four assists, committed four steals, and blocked one shot while LeBron James finished with twenty-four points, ten rebounds, twelve assists, one steal and one block. The two teams met up again on April 18 as the Cleveland Cavaliers got revenge by escaping with a 100-97 victory. LeBron James had forty-six points in that game, along with twelve rebounds, five assists, and two steals while Victor Oladipo scored twenty-two points, pulled down three rebounds, dished out six assists and came up with two steals. Both teams will look to take a 2-1 lead in the series as they clash with each other in Cleveland.
Jose Calderon (coach’s decision; 4.5 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 50.3 FG%, 46.4 3P%)
Tristan Thompson (coach’s decision; 5.8 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 0.6 APG, 56.2 FG%)
Ante Zizic (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 0.2 APG, 73.1 FG%)
Okaro White (3.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 43.8 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Kendrick Perkins (3.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 50.0 FG%)
Al Jefferson (coach’s decision; 7.0 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 0.8 APG, 53.4 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 47.1 FG%, 42.9 3P%)
Alex Poythress (coach’s decision; 1.0 PPG, 0.7 RPG, 0.1 APG, 42.3 FG%, 36.4 3P%)
Glenn Robinson (coach’s decision; 4.1 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 42.4 FG%, 41.2 3P%)
Joe Young (sinus infection; 3.9 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 43.0 FG%, 37.9 3P%)
Ike Anigbogu (1.2 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0.0 APG, 44.4 FG%)
The home team would have the upper hand at the beginning of the game as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Indiana Pacers to forty-six percent. Kevin Love scored sixteen points which included two three-pointers in the second quarter. He also had three rebounds and one assist while LeBron James helped out with thirteen points. James shot fifty percent from the field while knocking down a three-pointer in the middle of the second quarter. Former Pacers’ guard George Hill saw to it that he got eleven points while J.R. Smith was kept to just five points. Rodney Hood played the most minutes off of the bench but was limited to just two points.
As for the Indiana Pacers, Bojan Bogdanovic earned eleven points which included three three-pointers. He also collected one defensive rebound while Victor Oladipo scored five points on just thirty-three percent shooting. He did have a three-pointer at the beginning of the game while Thaddeus Young had four points. Lance Stephenson played sixteen minutes off of the bench as he chalked up eight points but it was the Ohio team who went into the locker room with a 57-40 lead.
The visiting team would storm back in the second half as they went on a huge 52 to 33 run, shooting forty-six percent from the field. During that run, Bogdanovic stayed hot as he scored nineteen points on seventy-eight percent shooting. He also had four three-pointers in the fourth quarter while Oladipo earned himself thirteen points. As for the Cavaliers, LeBron James did what he usually does and kept the team in the game with fifteen points, four rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. With 0.2 seconds remaining in the game, Smith heaved up a desperate three-pointer from half court but would miss as the Pacers hold off the Cavaliers, 92 to 90. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with thirty points and four rebounds while LeBron James had twenty-eight points, twelve rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one block.