Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27, James had 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Or something else? And, in turn, how will the Cavs respond?
Even after practice ended, J.R. Smith didn't stop. He did running and shooting drills at practice to no apparent ill effect. "And while an early postseason exit might qualify, the best scenario is probably Cleveland reaching the NBA Finals but being unable to keep Love on the court against the Golden State Warriors because of his defensive limitations - and the Cavs losing decisively".
And as the Cavs' playoff run sets sail, Smith has found a use for his smartphone for something other than a sobering reminder of everything he's been through the last couple months. Dakota has been in the neonatal unit of an unspecified area hospital ever since. Last week, Smith got to feed her with a bottle.
The Smiths have a blog, www.mykotabear.com, to chronicle the journey of their third daughter from perilous beginning to what they hope will be the happiest of homecomings. Smith has said that he'll play if the Cavs medical staff clears him, but given that hamstring injuries have a tendency to flare up if a player is brought back too soon, Cleveland might want to play it safe considering they're already up 2-0.
Arena doors open one hour prior to tipoff for Official Road Game Watch Parties at The Q. While watching the action live on the HUMONGOTRON video scoreboard, fans will enjoy a game-like experience with mock-player intros, Humongotron flames, entertainment team performances, programmed timeouts and exciting halftime acts. The doctors say she's off the charts.
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"She was no bigger than this phone", he said, recalling the first time he held his tiny daughter. "We can't complain. We just have to take it day by day and hopefully one day soon she'll come home".
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This season has been an adventure for Smith from the beginning. The All-Star forward signed a five-year, US$113 million (AU$150 million) contract with the Cavs before the 2015-16 season. When Smith missed 36 games following thumb surgery, Shumpert filled in for the defending champs. "That's no disrespect to my teammates or this organization".
"They haven't told me that. That should be No. 1 for any and everybody before any occupation". "Shump (Iman Shumpert) came in and gave us some more aggressiveness on the ball with PG (Paul George) and our bigs, Tristan (Thompson) and Kev did a great job of rotating and putting two on the ball and myself and Ky on the back side we just tried to read and react".
"We've been through it as a team", Smith said. "We've been challenged off the court, we've been challenged on the court".