Teamwork Beats Individual Talent: Cavs on Their 2nd Downfall

Kevin Love penetrating for a layup

No LeBron, No Problem?

Every quarter is a different chapter. The Cavs took full control on the 1st three but still turned out as a tragic 2nd consecutive defeat for them in the 4th. Cavs is ultimately a different team without their main men. 
Pacers looking to take advantage of the Cavs missing a link, running their early offense smoothly as Victor Oladipo makes 2 consecutive baskets out of a Myles Turner and a Thaddeus Young assist.

Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade bagged the first field goal for the Cavs with an electrifying jam, followed by a three-pointer by Jae Crowder. Joining the early sizzle was Kevin Love that delivered a hook shot. The opening 4-0 run of the Pacers suddenly fell into a skid by the Cavs monstrous 10 to nothing early ignition.

Pacers only managed to counter via a single free throw by Young but the Cavs are far from done, starting another humongous 9-0 run to completely dominate the opening bout.

First Quarter ended 33-21 in favor of Cleveland.

Managing to bring the gap up to 6 points was the closest the Pacers can do. Derrick Rose and Kevin Love were just relentless offensively. Cavs still in control at the half, 57-48
Turning point 3rd bout, Pacers are slowly catching up got as close as 72-75 at the 2:55 mark. Coming off the time-out, Cavs regained control lead by Richard Jefferson’s aggression to penetrate, getting 2 lay-ups and one bonus free throw. Cavs backup at 86-78.
Indiana would never run out of steam knowing that their foe isn’t in full form. Unleashing a 12 to nothing run to take a 5 point advantage 104-99 as the game is approaching the last 2-minute warning. John Holland and Ante Zizic could’ve drawn the game as close as 104 103 but they missed 1 out of 2 of their free throws as well as Jefferson, completely swallowed by the pressure missed his 2nd free throw. Tj Leaf secures the board and scores with a layup on the other end to stun the furious Cavs 106-102 final.

Pacers 106 – Oladipo 14, Turner 12, Young 9, Collison 4, Bogdanovic 3, bench – 64
Cavs 102 – Crowder 19, Wade 18, Rose 15, Love 9, Smith 5 Bench – 36

(video courtesy of Rapid Highlights)

Lakers Look for their First Win on the Road Against the Undefeated Hawks

The fans went crazy as the LA Lakers won their first game against the Houston Rockets 120-114 in their home opener, post-Kobe Bryant era on October 26. They drop their first road game of the season next. Utah Jazz handed the Lakers their first loss 96-89 of the season Friday October 28.  And just last Sunday, Lakers battled hard but still fall to the Oklahoma Thunder 113-96. Russell Westbrook was just hard for anybody to defend. He made yet another triple double.

Yesterday was game 4 on the road. Lakers looked to pick up a second victory at Indiana. But they didn’t finish and win the game. Paul George puts up 30 to lead the Indiana Pacers past the LA Lakers 115-108. He took over the last minutes of the game down the stretch.

The LA Lakers are in Georgia today as they hit the floor against the Atlanta Hawks for the only time this season. Will the Atlanta Hawks stay undefeated with a win vs. the Lakers or will the Lakers make the Atlanta Hawks suffer their first loss of the season? Catch the game 5 tip at 7:30. Lakers have ruled Timofey Mozgov out due to left eye contusion for today’s game.