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NBA Playoffs: Pacers suffer all-time collapse, face a sweep against Cavaliers

April 21st, 2017 at 12:26 AM
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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

To summarize the Indiana Pacers in a historic Game 3 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers:

The Pacers scored 74 first half points, their highest point total in the 50 year history of the franchise. With 55% shooting, massive Myles Turner dunks, and winning ball movement and energy, the end result comes as a complete shock. With Indiana carving a hole in the Cavaliers defense in the first half, it’s a credit to the coaching staff of the Cavaliers to see the game and adjust away from what wasn’t working, like playing Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

Towards the end of the third quarter and the Cavs still down 20, Tyronn Lue made the decision to effectively bench the two All-Stars in favor of loading up on shooters around LeBron James. To no one’s surprise, the move worked, with Cleveland chipping away and eventually taking the lead. On the other side of things, Nate McMillan made the conscious decision to glue Jeff Teague to the bench well into the fourth as Lance Stephenson wreaked havoc on their own offense.

After Teague went out late in the third, the Pacers had no way to initiate the offense. …

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Tags: April 21, 2017, Cleveland Cavaliers, Glenn Robinson III, Indiana Pacers, Jeff Teague, Kevin Love, Kevin Seraphin, Kyrie Irving, Lance Stephenson, Nate McMillan, Paul George, Thaddeus Young, Tyronn Lue

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