They know that James will get his, as will Irving and Love on most nights, so they can't afford to have Frye, Korver, Smith and others hitting threes.
Before Game 2, however, George recanted his previous position. Nothing about the game plan changed, and it manifested itself. Additionally, they've kept the three-point line on lock, and the Cavs are just 3-of-13 from deep.
While Irving hit the final shot of the quarter, the Cavaliers made a concerted effort to reestablish Kevin Love in the low post, and that plan worked well, as he scored 10 points and drew a handful of in fouls on both ends of the floor. The ball-dominance of James and Irving have put Love on the backburner offensively, and he's attempted just two shots from the field. The last National Basketball Association player to do that in a regular season game was Kevin Durant on December 1, 2013 (32/10/12/4/4).
Love scored 27 on only seven field goal attempts, going a ideal 12-for-12 at the free throw line.
Perhaps the most welcome sign for the Cavs was how hungry Iman Shumpert looked. Tyronn Lue should adjust his rotations and remember that Derrick Williams actually exists. "My teammates want me to be more aggressive, so I'm going to have to force some more shots". The Cavs occasionally threw pressure at George in a hybrid zone/strong side look, and he didn't seem too rattled by it. A moment of silence was observed for Robert Godwin Sr., the 73-year-old tragically killed Sunday in Cleveland by a suspect who shot him and posted the killing on Facebook.
The problem isn't that the Indiana Pacers don't know what they need to do when the Cleveland Cavaliers trap Paul George.
George's comments about Stephenson, however, appear to be in good faith. He hasn't been sidestepping anything.
However, Love knocked down two free throws and C.J. Miles was whistled for an offensive foul, thwarting the Pacers' comeback. Coach McMillan said he wanted Robinson III to get out there for a few minutes.
Not every player takes criticism the same way, so it'll be interesting to see how IN responds to their leader. "It's our offense. I think we get exhausted at times". As you can imagine, with a five-inch difference, that didn't go well.
CLEVELAND - After another excruciating loss in which the Indiana Pacers almost came all the way back from a late double-digit deficit before succumbing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George had blunt criticism for more of his teammates.
The defending champions will have the home court advantage for only two rounds after slipping to the second seed.
In the Cavs' case, that percentage really wasn't a result of bad defense, but rather the amount of turnovers resulting in easy shots for in in transition.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Blown big leads. "They're going to score".
The Cavs have done what they've had to in order to beat the Pacers. They know they can compete.
"Pacers' Paul George after Game 2 loss to Cavs: "[Lance Stephenson] has to learn to control himself. Stevens says that after services for Thomas' sister, the star guard intends to rejoin the team Friday for Game 3 in Chicago. He made some big plays for us and that's a step in the right direction of being a consummate professional, especially being on a team like this.
Game three is in Indianapolis on Thursday (Friday AEST).