Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Cavaliers' JR Smith exits Game 2 with hamstring injury

Cavaliers' JR Smith exits Game 2 with hamstring injury

Australian point guard Patty Mills had a horror shooting night but his San Antonio Spurs survived a late charge by the Memphis Grizzlies to take a 2-0 lead in their National Basketball Association playoff series.

"I'm not going to let them treat us that way".

Monday marked the first time Cleveland's big three of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Irving all scored 25 or more points in one playoff game as teammates. The series had been tied 2-2, and after a blowout victory in Game 5 James said, "I've been a part of some very adverse situations and I just didn't believe that this was one of them".

He's gotta know at this point we need him to take it to the next level, and we'll continue to work with him.

But the Cavs put the home fans through the ringer in a nervy finale as the Pacers punished a litany of mistakes to cut the gap to four points with 18 seconds remaining. "We're right there on turning the switch on what we really can become".

Game three is in Indianapolis on Thursday (Friday AEST). "We lost our poise and wasn't calm during that third quarter".

Cavs guard J.R. Smith did not return for the second half because of a left hamstring injury. Iman Shumpert, who sat the opener, replaced Smith and played 20 solid minutes.

"He's got to learn to control himself", said George, who was critical of Miles for taking the final shot in Game 1. We all know Lance is an emotional guy, and a lot of it is just his heart, and his competitiveness, and that emotion comes out on him. "His body language has to improve". On Monday, he scored 13 points in 26 minutes, but he picked up four personal fouls. Overall we shot ball in the paint 35 times and we had 15 free throws - for the game.

A silver lining for the Pacers for Game 3: Cleveland had a losing record on the road this season (20-21). He also passed Magic Johnson (358 steals) for third place in playoff steals.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue blamed fatigue for the high turnover count that allowed San Antonio to claw their way back into the contest in the fourth quarter.

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