Cavs' JR Smith questionable for Game 3 with sore hamstring

Cleveland's enigmatic shooting guard never even peeled off his warmups off in the series opener against in, exiled to Coach Tyronn Lue's bench as a high-salaried cheerleader. "We needed it. We needed that energy from him". In this one, Lance Stephenson was matched up against the much taller Kevin Love in the third, and Love responded by going on a personal 10-0 run as the Cavaliers continued to exploit the mismatch as long as the Pacers stayed with it. Irving added 14 points of his own in the period, and Cleveland's lead ballooned to as many as 19 points. "Just one game he didn't play, so in a big game like the other night he was ready to play and ready to go in a big playoff game".

DAYTON, - March Madness will continue its start in Dayton, as the NCAA says the OH city will host the pair of play-in games known as the First Four through 2022. "My leg ain't broke". Irving closed the quarter by draining a 3-pointer over Stephenson.

Smith was visibly upset at the team's decision to sit him in the second half. Guard Deron Williams briefly spoke to Smith, who has struggled with consistency after missing three months following surgery for a broken right thumb.

If Smith can't play, Iman Shumpert, who came off the bench to replace him Monday night and gave Cleveland a lift, likely will start.

Bruins' Game 4 goal: Make life harder for Karlsson
But at the same time I think we can do a much better job making sure that he doesn't get to play his game as much as he wants to. Neutralizing him would be a start, but as the Bruins can attest, it's also much easier said than done.

Returning home, will the Indiana Pacers find a way to steal a game from the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at 7PM ET? On his way back to the bench, Shumpert stomped past teammates with a look of defiance. Paul George and LeBron James had 18 and 17 points respectively, and each had their fair share of highlight-worthy dunks. He finished with five points in 20 minutes, but his contributions went way beyond the box score. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injury issues - groin surgery and an Achilles issue - dissuaded the Cavs from signing him.

"We have so many pieces on this team but everyone has to stay ready". I think Paul George is an fantastic athlete. We held Paul George to four points in that third quarter where our defense was really good. "Shump sparked that, made a couple shots for us also".

Blown big leads. Defensive breakdowns. The Cavaliers starting guard spent the entire second half of Game 2 on the bench and doesn't want to be there again if he can help it. To his credit, Shumpert didn't hang his head, knowing that there might be a time when he was needed.

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