The reigning NBA champions, Cleveland Cavaliers, proved to be too much to handle for the Indiana Pacers after winning the Game 1 and 2 of their Eastern Conference playoffs series. However, Pacers point guard Jeff Teague believes they can still bounce back as the series shift to Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“We have to play with an edge defensively, get out and run, and keep playing hungry,” Teague said. “That’s what we did to close the season [with five straight wins]. We still have a chance to shock the world.”
The Pacers lost the first two games in their first-round matchup against the Cavaliers. However, they see to it that they give them a tough battle. In Game 1, the Pacers missed a potential game-winner while they only lost by six points in Game 2. The next two games will be on their home court and the Pacers will surely do everything to tie the series.
Jeff Teague admires Pacers star Paul George
Jeff Teague admitted having a hard time building chemistry with his teammates earlier this season. However, after a team meeting, the Pacers managed to find a way to end their struggle and succeeded to earn a playoff spot. Teague revealed how grateful he is playing alongside Paul George.
“He’s a talent; he’s one of the most special players in the NBA,” Teague said of George. “It took a minute for us to get to know each other on the floor, but once we started to jell, I could see how easy the game is for him and how easy he makes things for everyone around him. He can score in bunches and score in every way. He makes my job so much easier. I just try to push the ball and give him the ball where he’s comfortable. And people never leave him, so I get easy drives to the lane and things like that. He’s playing great right now.”
George has been impressive in the first two games, averaging 30.5 points, seven assists, 6.5 rebounds and one steal on 48.7 percent shooting from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Jeff Teague is averaging 19 points, four assists, and three rebounds on 50 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.
Pacers should improve defense to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers
After suffering their second loss, Paul George calls out his teammates to improve their performance in the succeeding games. Coach Nate McMillan urged his team to exert more effort on the defensive end in order to limit the production of the Cavs’ “Big Three”. In Game 2, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving combined for 89 points.
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