It's possible a LeBron James-led team could be eliminated in the first round for the first time in James' 13 postseason appearances. "I guess it didn't feel like the playoffs. We didn't win, obviously, but it's the same mindset on Sunday".
"You guys think I'm going to throw my teammates under the bus?" We just didn't come out in that third quarter ready to play. Had six turnovers (Friday).
"He made some shots".
Love said he expects James to be a major contributor to a much better effort by the entire team. Jose Calderon would likely start with Jordan Clarkson getting more minutes if he's ultimately out for Game 4. We still had a chance to win.
Prior to Sunday's Game 4, James was asked whether losing in the first round for the first time in his 15-year career would affect his legacy.
Hill underwent an MRI on his back Saturday.
Cleveland, however, would proceed to squander its 17-point advantage, due in part to Hill only being able to play 9 second-half minutes as his back "locked up" according to Lue. He immediately went to the bench with 3:43 left in the game. They were efficient on offense, racing to a 33-14 lead after the first quarter, and relentless on defense, never allowing the Cavs to draw closer than seven points in the ensuing three quarters.
"Just trying to get into his knees, to push him to catch the ball farther from the basket", Bogdanovic said.
Pacers coach Nate McMillan was impressed with his ability to produce both ways.
"Got to do a better job taking care of the ball", McMillan said. "But offensively he found some energy". It didn't look good. He shot 41.5 percent on 3-pointers during the regular season.
Victor Oladipo was masterful in two of the first three games. McMillan and the Pacers adjusted for this in the second half in a couple ways.