Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 106-102 Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to sweep the four-game series. The Cavs will have a week off before hosting the winner of the Raptors-Bucks series on May 1.
1. LeBron James made only one 3-pointer and scored just three of his 33 points outside the paint, but his shot from long range with 1:08 remaining gave the Cavs the lead for good at 103-102.
2. “At the end of the game he’s been making them,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “When we need that run or we need that shot, he’s been stepping up and making them. That’s what he gets paid to do. That’s why he’s the best player in the world and he does it all the time. Tonight when we needed that, we fell behind by two, they went on a big run and he made a big shot and we didn’t look back. That’s what he does.”
3. James explained what happened on the possession.To read more or comment...
Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin could be a target of the Orlando Magic as they begin their search to replace GM Rob Hennigan, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Friday.
The architect of the Cavs’ 2016 NBA championship, Griffin is working without a contract for next season and league sources told Wojnarowski that talks on a new deal have been stalled for months.
The fact that the Cavs have left Griffin in limbo while spending an NBA-high $126.6 million on players’ salaries and signing coach Tyronn Lue to a reported five-year, $35 million contract has led league executives to believe that Griffin could be lured away after the Cavs finish the playoffs, The Vertical said.
According to Wojnarowski, Magic CEO Alex Martins and other top team officials are intrigued by the possibility of getting Griffin. Martins is a former Browns vice president of communications.To read more or comment...
Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers’ 119-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers Thursday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The victory gave the Cavs a 3-0 lead in the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Game 4 is Sunday at 1 p.m. in Indianapolis.
1. The Cavs’ comeback from a 26-point second-quarter deficit was the third-largest in NBA playoff history and the largest since the Los Angeles Clippers rallied from a 27-point second-half deficit against the Memphis Grizzlies in a first-round series in 2012.
2. Trailing by 25 points after two quarters, the Cavs overcame the largest halftime deficit in league postseason history.
3. And it happened without starters Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, benched for the entire fourth quarter by Cavs coach Tyronn Lue because of they were struggling. Irving hit 4 of 17 field goals, 1 for 6 from 3-point range, while Love was 4 of 12, 3 of 7 from beyond the arc.To read more or comment...