CAVS 106 PACERS 102

First off, RIP Jess Kersey, a former NBA official.

Cleveland sweeps Indiana 4-0.  A major plus was Hubie Brown on the call for ABC.

After the game, ABC’s Jalen Rose said Lance Stephenson should play J.R. Smith one-on-one. LOL

LeBron James now has swept a playoff series 10 times in his career.

Not only did LBJ make a big-time 3 late in today’s game, come up with multiple key defensive plays, including another chase down block from behind.

The King finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists.

“I hate turning the ball over. In my head I have my little league and high school coaches saying if you turn the ball over you better be the first one back on defense,” said James.

The guy is incredible.  He came into the game third all-time in scoring and assists in the playoffs.  I always say Michael was the greatest to play the game, I think LeBron may be the second best of all-time.

“I just wanna try to play the game the right way, said James after the game.

The Cavaliers came into the game with an “assists-to-turnovers” ratio of 22:12 – today was a different story though.  The Cavs only had 11 assists (0 in the first quarter) and they turned the ball over 13 times.

Cleveland came in making 15 three’s per game – today they had 9.

Pacers came in with 11 per game, today they made 10.

Lance Romance played well. The Coney Island product scored 22 points on 4-9 shooting from downtown.

Former NBA player Leon Wood, who is now an official worked the game.

When a player makes a mistake in the game, “my fault’ sounds more sincere than “my bad.”

Speaking of mishaps, how about J.R. Smith’s behind-the-back pass late in the game? Ty Lue said he didn’t see it.

Paul George scored 15 points on 5-21 shooting from the field. Pacers head coach Nate McMillan on PG-13: “He looked worn down. he gave us what he had.  He tried to play the right way.”

George said after the game:

“Rough night. Every year isn’t a golden year. Not every year is going to be special.  Remain positive. Try to make the most of it.”

Not sure why reporters ask players immediately following the final game of the season if they want to stay in their home city and have they thought about free-agency?

“I’m not even into that. Next question,” said PG-13 when that was asked of him after the game.

Cleveland has an outstanding second unit led by Deron Williams, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver.

McMillan on Lance:

“He brings energy and a passion. Somewhat of a toughness to the roster. Coming off the bench he provides the energy. Our guys responded to that. I like his fight. He tries to play the game the right way. He’s a pass-first guard. We’re going to have to work with him on his defense. Committing to that end of the floor.”

Last season at this time Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News wrote that he thought LeBron James was the best basketball player ever. http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/with-sixth-trip-to-finals-lebron-james-basketballs-best-ever-nba-finals-cleveland-cavaliers-golden-state/1v2fmf47u8bg61n9te73rc5e4s

And, here’s another piece from DeCourcy, one in which he wrote a couple of days ago. http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/nba-playoffs-2017-lebron-james-cleveland-cavaliers-indiana-pacers-game-3-score-result-record-comeback/ofea50pt5xk6154ip19hvoafp

Decourcy on LBJ’s Game 3 performance:

Triple-double powered Cleveland’s comeback from 25 points down at the break to a 119-114 victory, the largest halftime deficit overcome in NBA playoff history. The win provided the Cavaliers with a 3-0 series lead and the opportunity to complete a sweep Sunday afternoon.

James scored or assisted on 73 of the Cavaliers’ points, or 61.3 percent of their output. He played every minute of the third and fourth quarters. He led all scorers with 41 points, all rebounders with 13, all passers with 12 assists, all 3-point shooters with a half-dozen made in 12 attempts and, of the seven players who attempted double-figure shots, was the only one who made more than 50 percent.

It was one of the most astounding performances of James’ brilliant career, and it underscored the reality of his 2016-17 season: If James is able to drag this crew to another NBA Finals, and especially a championship, it will stand as his masterpiece, his greatest achievement.

And finally, from James himself who has won 21 straight, first round games. Something no other player has ever done.

“I just try to put myself in position to help my teammates win no matter who is on the floor with me,” James said. “I try to empower them, try to make them better, try to make them believe that we can be great every night.”

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