INDIANAPOLIS: Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue knows closeout games require a different mindset.

They are always the toughest game, and as Lue acknowledged Friday morning, “They’ve all been tough in this series.”

Friday night in Game 6 against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse the Cavs tried to extend their league-record streak in potential series-clinchers to 14 in a row. Their mark of 13, set in last year’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, goes back to 2009 and surpassed the previous mark of 12 by the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“You’ve got to have the right mindset, you’ve got to get off to a good start,” Lue said at shoot-around. “If you don’t, you’ve got to be able to weather the storm early. All teams come into their building in a closeout game, they’ll come out with the first punch, so we’ve got to be able to weather the storm.”

Going into the game, LeBron James was 32-9 in his career in potential closeout games and his teams had won 11 in a row.

“It’s not me, it’s the team I’ve been a part of, I’m just a piece of that puzzle,” James said. “Just try to be as prepared as you can be. Not saying that it can happen tonight, but we’re going to try to put ourselves in position to close out and we’ll see what happens.”

Reliving the misery

Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he has watched James’ Game 5-winning 3-pointer a few times, despite the pain it might have reawakened.

“Want to try to avoid that. I’ve seen that against LeBron a time or two,” McMillan said before the game. “He’s a guy who is very capable of making that shot.

“With that shot at that moment, it’s not as much pressure as I think a lot of people may feel. It’s a tied ballgame, you’re at home, you let it [fly]. He had a pretty clean look. We’ve got to get closer, if not try to take the ball out of his hands. But, it was a tough shot.”

The Pacers left the Q angry that James wasn’t called for goaltending when he blocked Victor Oladipo’s driving reverse layup with 3.3 seconds to go. They have played with a chip on their shoulders all season, with analysts believing the team was headed for a lottery pick. That slight, with the officials’ error admitted by the league Thursday in its Last Two Minute Report, could provide added fuel.

“We’ve talked about it,” McMillan said. “We’ve seen it. We’ve shown it. And there’s nothing we can do about that. But as I talked to our guys in Cleveland the other night, we have to flush that game. It’s over. There was no call made.”

The fact that James’ hand hit the backboard on the block and was overlooked added to the notion that the four-time league MVP gets favorable calls.

“I won’t get into that,” McMillan said. “At times I’ve had my team officiate during practice and during training camp. And normally the stars or the starting unit, when they’re playing, they get a favorable whistle. And sometimes it’s human nature to have this player and this player have contact and give it to this player.”

Hill out again

Cavs point guard George Hill was inactive for the third consecutive game with back spasms. The injury dates to Game 1, when he was hit in the back by Trevor Booker’s illegal screen.

Lue said Hill went through a workout earlier in the day with trainer Steve Spiro.

An MRI showed no structural damage, but Hill, 31, said Sunday he had taken four injections and was having trouble sleeping. It is the first time in his 10 seasons he’s experienced a back problem.

Doubling LeBron?

Bojan Bogdanovic has been the primary defender on James throughout the series and the Pacers have not resorted to double-teaming him.

If that changed Friday, Kevin Love knows what it would mean for the Cavs.

“Open shots,” Love said. “That’s why you see us on the weak side. It’s Swish [J.R. Smith], Kyle [Korver] and myself over there setting picks for each other, so there’s going to be a lot of swing-swing action. There’s going to be an outlet guy at the top who can shoot it as well, so if they do double-team him we’ve got to be ready to knock down shots.”

Going into Friday, the Cavs ranked 13th among the 16 playoff teams in field-goal percentage (.438) and 15th in 3-point percentage (.319).

Lue echoed Love on the effect of a possible double-team on James.

“More shots for our guys that we can make,” Lue said.

When pressed on his “can make” comment, Lue answered, “Can make. Will make.”

Going into Game 6, Korver had made nine of his past 14 3-pointers after an 0-for-4 start in Game 4. He’s been the most reliable of the three, shooting .412 from the field and .419 from long range. Love is shooting better on 3s (.391) than overall (.328). Smith is struggling, going 0-for-8 Wednesday and 0-6 from beyond the arc; he’s shooting .319 from the field and .281 on 3-pointers.

Nance on draft

Revere High School product Larry Nance Jr. didn’t see fellow University of Wyoming product Josh Allen drafted No. 1 by the Browns. But Nance was pleased that the Browns took Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward of Ohio State at No. 4.

“I’m excited about it. I’m just excited for some new talent,” Nance said. “That high in the draft and that loaded of a draft, it’s hard to mess up. I’m pretty happy with what we did both ways. I’m looking forward to seeing them grow.”

Nance said he’s never met Ward, a Nordonia High School product.

“Me especially, I’m happy for a homegrown kid staying home. I think that’s awesome,” Nance said.

Nance said he spoke briefly Thursday to Allen, who saw racist tweets he made as a high schooler released early that morning. He was selected seventh overall by the Buffalo Bills.’

“I talked to him a little bit. He was fine,” Nance said. “I’m happy for him. He’s making a dream come true.”

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