The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers, 117-111, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs on Monday night at the Oracle Arena. After suffering their second loss, Paul George urged Lance Stephenson to improve his body language and learn to control himself.
“He’s got to learn to control himself and be in the moment,” George said. “Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader. His body language has to improve — just for the team. We all know that Lance is an emotional guy. A lot of it is his heart and his competitiveness. That emotion comes out of him. He’s got to channel that toward making effort plays on the court and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed.”
Paul George sees to it that he gives his 100 percent in their first round matchup against the Cavaliers. In Game 2, he led the Pacers with 32 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists on 50 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. However, his teammates fail to provide the same energy, resulting for them to lose the first two games.
Kevin Love outplays Lance Stephenson
Lance Stephenson has been a huge factor in the Cavaliers-Pacers first-round matchup. When the Pacers decided to go small in the third quarter, Stephenson was tasked to defend Kevin Love. The Cavaliers forward used his size advantage to dominate Stephenson and help his team earn their second victory.
While he succeeds in distracting LeBron James, Stephenson failed to limit Love’s production in Game 2. He committed three fouls and was caught slamming the ball after expressing his frustration. Kevin Love finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and one block on an impressive 85.7 percent shooting from the field and 75 percent from the three-point range.
“I think we put Paul on Kyrie [Irving], and Lance went to Love,” Pacers head coach Nate McMillan said. “They do a great job of recognizing matchups and taking advantage of it. I thought that was huge. Defensively, we just didn’t play that right. The reason for it was just trying to get control of Kyrie by putting [a] bigger defender on him. We had to try to deny entry to anyone who was in the post, but we really did a bad job of allowing Love to catch it. We didn’t work to deny or front that post shot.”
Paul George wants to see more from Myles Turner
Aside from Lance Stephenson, Paul George urged Pacers center Myles Turner to improve his performance in Game 3. George noticed that Turner was having a hard time with his matchup against Cavs center Tristan Thompson. Turner clearly has the size advantage but Thompson still managed to dominate under the basket.
The Pacers star wants Turner to challenge Thompson and keep him off the board. George sees the potential with the sophomore center and vowed to continue helping him improve his game.
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