The change worked like a charm, as the Cavs jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the game's first four minutes, all via LeBron James, who started 6-for-7 from the field, including a 3-pointer.
Asked why Love didn't come back in, Lue said he thought the Cavs "had a good flow going". "So you might be seeing Jose". They departed down 2-1, facing a new round of questions about their ability to extend LeBron James's streak of consecutive Finals appearances to eight. After struggling to execute offensively in Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers, Lue has opted to change his starting lineup. He didn't play at all in Game 3. The Cavs routinely get MRIs, I'm told, and this one confirmed that no structural damage was done. Cleveland has lost five of six to IN this year (counting regular-season games), and another loss tonight would not be ideal.Michael Jordan lost three times IN the first round.
A loss to the Pacers would not only force the Cavaliers to claw back facing up to three consecutive elimination games, but could send them into a panic.
The Pacers cut a 17-point halftime deficit to six points in the third quarter and finally took their first lead in the fourth quarter.
While James has continued his shooting from the regular season and Love's touch from outside has been almost impeccable, two of the most disappointing shooters thus far in the postseason have been two of their best shooters since becoming Cavs.
Bogdanovic said he tries to push James so he catches the ball far from the basket. Second, they just stopped running pick and rolls every single play, and by running a bit more in transition and setting up some isolation opportunities for Victor, the Pacers were able to score much more reliably, as they weren't inviting a trap every possession.
LeBron James (left) looks to shoot on Lance Stephenson (right). We did a great job of adjusting in the second half.