Lance Stephenson: Pacers have 'full control' of series with Cavs

Ruben Hill
April 22, 2018

It was just two years ago that James and the Cavaliers rallied from a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals against the 73-win Golden State Warriors to win a championship. In 2012, the Pacers blew a 2-1 lead against James' Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semis.

The Pacers began the series by thrashing the Cavaliers in game one, 98-80.

"Our goal is to stay together, try to contain LeBron, play team defense", Stephenson said.

The Pacers, who have shown resiliency all season, went from lacking toughness in the first half to come from 17 points down at halftime to beat the Cavaliers 92-90 in Game 3. Last season, the Pacers blew a 26-point lead in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Cavaliers, part of a four-game sweep.

Game 4 tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They got Beal more involved after he made only three shots in Game 2; they actually led after the first quarter, 30-29; they played with enough defensive focus to get produce 19 turnovers by Toronto, leading to 28 points for Washington. "I thought we turned down some good looks, also". "Teams make adjustments between games". They led, 69-63, heading into the fourth quarter and lost for the first time after being 40-0 when leading after three quarters. "I thought we were very spirited in that first half, we were very aggressive". "Offensively, we have to own our space and be tougher with the basketball". They're well balanced, they play extremely hard. We have to win this one tomorrow."So, Love (and Lue) say the Cavs' spirit is willing".

George Hill, who took over at point guard after being acquired from Sacramento at the trading deadline, has been bothered by a bad back that limited him in the second half of Game 3. Hill is questionable after having an MRI on his back Saturday.

"I'm encouraged", Lue said. "Still got a Game 4, feel very confident that we can come out and win this game, and so do our guys".

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