LeBron James and Cavs lose in play-offs again

Arnold Nichols
April 21, 2018

James knocked down a 3 to cut the deficit to four, and the Cavs got another 3 from Kevin Love with 7 seconds left to make it 91-90.

This wasn't how the script was supposed to go for Cleveland, which blew a 17-point lead to fall behind 2-1 in the series.

The story wasn't taking care of the basketball.

Bojan Bogdanovic had a season-high 30 points on Friday.

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The Pacers shot 46.6 percent while the Cavaliers hit 44.2 percent. The Cavaliers were remarkably efficient on both ends, forcing 12 IN turnovers and posting a 12:6 assist-to-turnover ratio on the other end. "When he's playing like that, it opens it up for everybody". "I've been through a lot with him. We'll be ready to go for Game 4". "It's a team effort". A triple-double in Game 1 was not enough to get the win.

"I've been scoring all my life", Bogdanovic said.

Darren Collison made 1 of 2 free throws with 5 seconds left, giving Cleveland one more chance.

Again- they may or may not win the series. George Hill easily had his best half of the postseason, scoring 11 against his old team.

Cleveland was 39-0 during the regular season when leading after three quarters and kept that intact with a Game 2 win. Cleveland should get at least one last desperation shot off.

Here are three takeaways from Friday night's thrilling contest. He also doesn't lose first round games. With the scored tied at 77-all, Bogdanovic converted a four-point play after being fouled on a 3-pointer to give IN its first lead at 81-77 with 6:01 left IN the fourth quarter. To that point, Cleveland had only scored 20 points in roughly 20 minutes of second-half basketball. JR Smith missed a game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

LeBron calls #Cavs' Game 3 loss to #Pacers a "tale of two halves". Game 4 will be Sunday night in Indianapolis. "I thought it just hurt us", Cavs coach Ty Lue said following the game. "It's a long series".

LeBron James led the Cavs with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. You would think it would take a gargantuan effort from LeBron, but he was visibly exhausted and frustrated at times during the Cavs' second-half demise on Friday. "You can't bow down to him".

James was asked multiple times following the game about help and role players, but he shrugged off both attempts. Guys need to play better. I was frightful in the third quarter, I couldn't make a shot.

"We've had good quarters and not-so-good quarters", James said.

The Pacers have looked like the better team in all three games of this series.

"If I make some better plays in the third quarter, the lead doesn't slip".

Bogdanovic's 3-pointer cut the Cavaliers' lead to 75-73.

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