By the Numbers: 3 Things that Failed the Cavs Against Indiana

And because of these things, the Cavs endured their 4th consecutive loss

The Pacers outscored the Cavs, 32-22 in the 4th quarter to come out with the win.

The defending Eastern Conference champions reloaded themselves during the busy off-season, bringing in Dwayne Wade back alongside LeBron and getting Isaiah Thomas and a bunch of role players from Boston in a deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. 
While those deals made the Cleveland Cavaliers, a much-stronger-on-paper “super team” which, according to their fans, can finally match-up well against the Golden State Warriors- should both teams meet again in the NBA Finals.
Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and stay in the course of the regular season, for now. 
8 games into the new season, the Cavaliers are now 3-5, the same record that LeBron James has in his 8 trips to the Finals. 
After starting the season with a win over the Celtics which was followed by another victory against the Bucks, the Cavs went 1-5 since then, including 4 straight losses, the last one from the hands of the Indiana Pacers who are by the way, playing well despite being without a consistent center or a superstar after trading away long-time star player, Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder during the early months of the 2018-2018 off-season.
So what happened to the Cavs against the Pacers? Below are the numbers:

22% Shooting from Deep

Let’s start with the worst one. To begin with, the Cavs are shooting 34% from long distance during the course of those 8 games- placing them tied for the 19th spot in that category. Against the Pacers however, LeBron James and company only made 7 OUT OF 31 ATTEMPTS from the 3-point line- that’s 22% 3-point field goal shooting, folks. And yet they allowed Indiana to hit 16 of their 26 attempts from that area. You see the difference? It was a huge difference. 
Need any more? Here are the players who miserably struggled from outside:
  • Kevin Love: 2 of 6
  • LeBron James: 1 of 5
  • JR Smith: 2 of 6
  • Jae Crowder: 0 of 5
  • Kyle Korver: 1 of 5

8 Turnovers for The King

While there’s no doubt in everyone’s mind, or at the very least, in the minds of his fans, that LeBron James is on a course to win another MVP this season. But, how can you even win a basketball game if you are careless with the ball? Despite his 33 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists against the Pacers, one of the many things that haunted LeBron and eventually the Cavs, was his 8 turnovers- that’s half of the turnovers Cavs had during the entire game. 

Lack of Intensity from the Starters

If your starters are struggling, then pray that your bench steps up. In this case, the bench of Tyronn Lue outscored the bench players of Indiana, 34-18. The problem was: the Cavs’ starters failed to match the intensity and consistency of the Pacers’ first five as the latter outscored the former, 106-73. Indiana could have beaten the Cavs by relying on their starters alone but fortunately, they had little help from off the bench. 

Conclusion

Maybe the Cavs are dealing with many things nowadays, LeBron’s impending departure, Derrick Rose’s injury, Dwayne Wade coming off the bench, possible chemistry issue. You name it. Maybe having too many superstars have finally caught on the Cavs. Maybe it’s affecting their chemistry to begin with. Maybe. Maybe. Maybe. If they don’t sort things out by themselves, then they won’t be making it back to the Finals this season. Just maybe. 

No True Center, No Paul George: Pacers Says No Problem

Victor Oladipo lays it up against D'Angelo Russell
Victor Oladipo lays it up against D’Angelo Russell

Humongous debut seasons match victory for the Indiana Pacers with all starters in double-digit production to bag a win against Brooklyn Nets.
Darren Collison took over the missing link left by Paul George as the main playmaker. Collison finished with a double-double performance to carry his team throughout the game with his 21 points and 11 assists explosion.
Indiana Pacers are just gunning it with absolute accuracy from anywhere on the court that resulted in a very huge and balanced scoring within and beyond the shaded area.
Victor Oladipo even made the small men power of the Indiana stronger, scoring 22 big points in his 25 minutes of play.
Surprisingly, Indiana Pacers didn’t let Nets dominate the shaded area despite their lack of a center player. They successfully shut down Timofey Mozgov with just 4 points and 3 rebounds. The inside control gave them the dagger to completely cut the nets bind to victory out of reach. Aside from stopping Mozgov, Pacer’s power forward also took control of the offense inside. Nets under the rim were completely collapsed. Pacers took the lead in terms of points in the paint 66-52.
Pacers, considering their smaller lineup will obviously have a faster game pace, thus they outscored Nets in fastbreak points 28-13.
They are just on fire from any side and spot if the court, leaving Brooklyn Nets no room to start with. Indiana Pacers won the high-scoring shootout 140-131. D’Angelo Russell’s 30 point explosion, despite doubling his average points per game, was still not enough to neutralize and defeat the dashing Pacers. Russell’s performance which we may not see everyday ended up in vain.
Scores:
Pacers 140 – Oladipo 22, Collison 21, Turner 21, Young 17, Bogdanovic 14, bench – 45
Nets 131 – Russsell 30, Lin 18, Hollis-Jefferson 14, Carroll 10, Mozgov 4, bench – 55

Brooklyn Nets vs Indiana Pacers – Full Game Highlights | October 18, 2017

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3rd Quarter Turnaround: Detroit Ousts Rival Indiana

Reggie Bullock of Detroit Pistons

Pistons shut down the pace of the Indiana Pacers

High Paced Indiana

Catch and chase first quarter of action. Deadlock at 20 at the 1:51 mark as Detroit Pistons sizzled for a 5 to nothing run, Regie Bullock fires a long ball followed by an assist to Luke Lennard for the easy layup. Consequently,  the Pacers gained momentum after a technical foul commited by Eric Morland when he as whistled for a defensive three seconds,  Cory Joseph delivered the technical freethrow, followed by a 12 feet jumper and another basket at the final 4 seconds to regain the lead for Pacers 27-20.
Pacers still managed to maintain their lead in the whole first half, up ahead 50-40.

Crucial 3rd Quarter

Most of the time, 3rd quarter is the deciding quarter. It may be the quarter of a comeback for the catching up squad or a quarter of complete break away for the leading team. It turned out to be a comeback for Detroit.
The Pistons were even threatened by Pacers when the 10 point lead was stretched 58-44. Detroit do not let them be buried even deeper anymore, going full throttle for a stunning 11 to nothing run , catching up the tail of the shocked Pacers as they are only down 55-58. Cory Joseph stopped the bleeding for Indiana with a 3-point jumper.
The pistons are up ahead in entering the final bout 76-74.

Exchange of explosive 3 pointers

The Indiana took back the lead via a three-pointer of Damien Wilkins but was quickly answered by Detroit with their own triple by Anthony Tolliver. Detroit definitely kept pace with Indiana to start an 8-0 run pulling away a bit farther  84-79.
Damien Wilkins hit another triple to keep Detroit within striking distance followed by an Alex Poythress defensive board and scoring on the other side to be back to square one 86 all.
Jarod Uthoff broke the deadlock with a triple to push Indiana with the lead with last 5 minutes to play. 
Damien Wilkins turned the ball over with a bad pass, Detroit outrageously saw a chance to regain momentum, electrifying the Pacers again by a 10-0 run to pull ahead by 7 points.
Reggie Bullock fired up a three pointer with the game approaching the last minute, 105-96 and the Pacers ran out of steam and time for their rebuttal. Detroit ousted the lossless Indiana Pacers 107-97.
Scores:
Detroit 107 -Marjanovic 14, Jackson 14, Ellenson 11, Johnson 11, Kennard 6, Bench-51


Pacers 97 – Jefferson 12, Leaf 8, Poythress 7, Jones 6, Collison 4, bench – 60
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Cory Joseph Traded from Toronto to Indiana as Pacers Completes its Back Court

Corey Joseph is the backup point guard of the Pacers.

Cory Joseph will play for the Pacers this season. It will be his 3rd team in his 6 year NBA career.
Joseph played four years with the San Antonio Spurs but never really got the chance to show his wares due to limited minutes. Raptors acquired him two years ago and his playing time improved together with his points average. Last season he is scoring 9.3 points with 3 assists per game.
Joseph could play back up point guard again behind Darren Collision who was also recently acquired by the Spurs.

Will Corey Joseph be an impact player in Indiana?

How About Paul George and Damian Lillard Together?

While the top teams in the NBA are still battling for the title, the rest are already jocking for a position as they braced for another exciting off season. The players, teams and managers had no shortage of comments and rumors regarding movements of players and while it confuses others, it puts excitement to most especially when players post a hint on their social media account.
Recently, Damian Lillard posted in his social media account a hint that he wanted to play with Indian aPacers Paul George.
What do you think about this move?
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Lebron James was Unstoppable in the fourth quarter against the Pacers

Lebron James put his team on his back as he led the Cavaliers to a 14-0 run in the third quarter.  The 14-0 run in the third quarter resulted to the largest second-half comeback in postseason history of the NBA.

Paul George had an early start with 23 points and 9 rebounds in the first half which gave the Pacers a huge lead against the Cavaliers who had trouble finding the basket in Game 3. Pacers led by 25 points at halftime,however, George cooled off in the second half and this is when Lebron James took advantage of the situation. Lebron James notched his 17th career playoff triple-double with 41 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists and not only this. Lebron had a record breaking night as James moved to the third spot on NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list, passing Kobe Bryant. He also won his 20th straight first-round series game, which is tied with Lakers greats Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Michael Cooper. Furthermore, LeBron James moved to the seventh spot on the all-time rebounding list in the postseason, passing the former MVP Wes Unseld. Unseld was considered as one of the elite rebounders in NBA history.

Cleveland is now 3-0 against the Pacers after a 119-114 victory.

Playoffs Highlights: Pacers Almost Defeated Cleveland in the First Game

Cleveland is expected to win this series but not without bleeding.
You cannot count the Pacers out, they won’t be in the playoffs for no reason. Although the odds are not in their favor they are expected to give the Cavs a run for their money.
In their first game ever, the Indian Pacers almost won the game because Cleveland’s fourth quarter was a mess.
Look at the quarter scoring.

         1st    2nd  3rd  4th
 IND 29 30 25 24
CLE 34 32 26 17

Just 17 points in the 4th quarter for the Cavs.

For Cleveland, LeBron James got a double double with 32 points and 13 rebounds. His teammates helped with Kevin Love scoring 17 and Kyrie with 23.
Pacers got a boost from Paul George with 29 points but it wasn’t enough to win.
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Pissed and Frustrated Paul George After Loss to Timberwolves

“Pissed,” Paul George said. “I know I was pissed. It’s the only to really sum it up.” 

“We should have a professional approach, man, and defend our home court, especially to a team that’s not even in the playoffs,” George said of losing to the Timberwolves (29-44). “That’s what it comes down to. As a team, we’ve got to have a grit and we’ve got to own up, man up.” 

 “There’s no urgency, no sense of urgency, no winning pride.” 

This was how Indiana Pacers small forward has described his feelings with his team after they lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves 115-114 on Tuesday. 
Karl Anthony Towns scores 37 points while the Pacers Paul George counters with 37 points of his own. Check out these two top NBA Players duel it out. 

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Al Jefferson, Pacers Reach Agreement on Three-Year Deal

Al Jefferson will be a Pacer next season. According to multiple reports, the 6’10 center has agreed to terms with the Indiana Pacers in a three-year, $30 million deal,

Jefferson has fallen out of Hornets rotation after being the go-to-guy a couple of years ago. Jefferson has averaged 12.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 asissts in 23.5 minutes of action per game, his lowest logged in minutes per game since the 2005-2006 season.

The Pacers are very active this off season trading for Jeff Teague and signing Al Jefferson. 

Lakers reportedly looking to bring PG13 to Hollywood

LA Lakers are reportedly looking to trade a high draft pick for a proven talent and have set their sights on Indiana Pacers forward Paul George

That said, it’s no surprise that they are looking for a new face of their franchise. And acquiring George in his prime is more attractive than using their lottery picks and wait for that player blossom.

Lakers roster features a young and promising players like Clarkson, Russell and Randle. Having a veteran player like George to guide them is a very good idea.

George represents exactly the type of player the Lakers need, which is why the rumors will probably send shock waves throughout the fan base. But, in a league where star power is very important to success, it’s hard to imagine the Pacers moving him in a deal where the main chip is a draft pick.

Toronto Raptors beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84, advance to second round of NBA playoffs

Toronto guard/forward DeMar Derozan slashes to the basket while being defended by Indiana forward Paul George PHOTO CREDITS: Frank Gunn
The Toronto Raptors delivered something many doubted they would, overcoming the noise that reverberated about their failings in the past two postseasons. They won the team’s first playoff series since 2001, defeating the Indiana Pacers 89-84 in Sunday’s tense Game 7, earning a second-round meeting with the Miami Heat.
Powell finished the night with 13 points, Patterson had 11 and Jonas Valanciunas had 10 along with 15 rebounds. DeRozan’s 30 points came on 10-of-32 shooting. “I don’t care if he shot 40 times,” Lowry said. “He emptied the clip and we won. The winner of the turnover battle had thrived so far in the series, and that trend remained in Game 7. Toronto, had nine on this occasion that cost them nine points. Indiana had 15 for 18 points.
After that emotional win, the Raptors will have a quick turnaround. They open the Eastern Conference semi-finals at home, welcoming the Heat on Tuesday.
“It was great, the energy, the moment – a lot of people don’t get the opportunity to play in a Game 7 with everything on the line,” DeRozan said. “Everything this team has been through, it’s tough to get that moment duplicated. So you want to live it and enjoy every minute of it.”

Kevin Martin to Spurs, Ty Lawson Signs with Pacers

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“Rich become richer”. Playoff bound teams San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers had made their moves this week preparing for the playoffs. The Pacers signed struggling point guard Ty Lawson after being waived by the Rockets while the Spurs add some scoring punch off the bench after signing the recently waived veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin.

Ty Lawson who had a poor performance in his Rockets stint will be the reliever of George Hill off the bench. He is a great addition for the team considering that the Pacers are lacking some firepower off the bench. Lawson averages 13.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 469 games.

Meanwhile, Kevin Martin, a 12-year NBA veteran, has career averages of 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.5 minutes of action in 698 games. Martin will provide much needed depth at the shooting guard position for the San Antonio Spurs.

Chief Justise Winslow helped Heat get the W over Pacers!

Justise Winslow


Yes I know he only scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and 1 block but the fact that during the game winning moments he has provided excellent defense against Paul George and sink in a free throw that gave the the lead in OT 102-100 with 5 seconds remaining in the game. 

Winslow played excellent denial on PG during the last seconds of the game causing the Pacers to call all of their time out that led to their victory. The Pacers was able to get the ball into the hands of Paul George but it was still Winslow who was there to challenge the shot.

The future looks good for the heat organization but its even better for Chief Justise Winslow as he is would be a force to reckoned with. He is just 19 years old but plays like Butler on defense and I won’t be surprised if he would be the face of the franchise a couple of years from now together with Hassan Whiteside.

Here is the highlight of his defense to offense;


Full highlights of the game:




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Paul George Stops Wizard’s 3 game win streak ! Drops 40 POINTS! Unreal 7-8 from 3 pts



I have written a number of articles about PG13 but this maybe his statement game to inform the League that he is back and means serious business despite losing D.West and Hibbert. He is now surrounded with Jordan hill and their back up center Mahinmi. They have acquired CJ Miles and Monta Ellis. 



So Far its been PG13 who is making a lebron-like effort in doing everything he can, hold your horses lebron fans am not saying PG13 is better. Just look at the team mates that he has and right now they are sitting in the 4th spot with a 9-5 record.

The record could be better if only George was able to find his rhythm, his first for games were merely 16ppg. but he has upped his scoring and with 10 straight games with 20 pts or more per game. 

He is now averaging 25.9 ppg, 8.4 reb, 4.3 assists and 1 blk. 

Here is the insane highlight of this ridiculous game by George:



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Bounce Brothers 52 pts versus the Pacers but still not enough to earn the W!

Bounce Brothers – Wiggins and Lavine

Wiggins went down after their win against the Hawks and was sideline for a game. That gave confidence to Zach Lavine since then Lavine has been averaging 20ppg the last 4 games. Wiggins on the other hand has averaged 26ppg the last 5 games. 

They just need more consistency from the rest of the squad so they can pull up more wins and all I am asking for is for this young team to make it atleast 45% winning margin. 

It maybe too much to ask but I would be more than happy if they achieve that or maybe even bump it to a .500 end of the year. They will have options next year and I know for a fact that they would be playing motivated for Flip Saunders and the city of Minnesota.

Here’s the highlight vs Pacers 52 Point Duo!



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Paul George IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! 36 pts 12 rebs against the Heat! (+flashback dunk)

PG13

The Indiana Pacers strut a new uniform to honor the 1986 Movie “Hoosiers” a small town Indian High school Basketball team that won the state championship. 

That may have inspired PG to come back stronger firing at all angles and stroking it like he’s cooking something special. He ended the night giving the Heat a blast from the past when George did this to them.




I hope he keeps it that way, Healthy. It still early he is just 25 years old. He may have had that injury but boy it didnt bother him at all after being gone. 

HE IS BACK!

Here is the monstrous performance of PG13 courtesy of FreeDawkins:




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Paul George says goal is to win MVP, thinks Pacers are threat in East

The two-time Indiana Pacers NBA All-Star Paul George said he’s aiming to win the MVP award this season, and he believes Indiana can be a “top-three” team in the Eastern Conference.

“I still understand I’m coming off the injury, but I’m trying to block all that out,” he said at the team’s media day Monday. “I’m trying to come into this year as if I played last year and had another amazing season. I have the same goal. I wasn’t the MVP last year. I want to be the MVP this year. I still want to be efficient. I think we’ve got a real shot at being in the top three in the East,” George said.

The switch means George also will change positions, going from small forward to more of a stretch power forward. On Monday, George explained his concerns about making the switch and why Indiana’s offseason overhaul makes sense.

“I think it will be good for us. I think it give us a chance to again, change the East, gives us a chance to play faster, to play a funner, better brand of basketball. It’s definitely tougher to guard, and I think we would have been in The Finals and had a shot at winning it all if it wasn’t for this small ball idea.” George added.