In postgame comments on Monday, LeBron James said that the Cavaliers are getting “closer to what we can become.” On ESPN’s First Take this morning, Stephen A. Smith took exception.
The Cavaliers blew another big lead, but wound up taking Game 2 of their first-round playoff game with the Pacers, 117-111. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 37 points. The Cavs won Game 1 by one point.
“I think what they’re getting closer to is losing another NBA Finals more than anything else,” Smith said. “I don’t know what the hell LeBron James is talking about. James is a brilliant basketball mind. But first of all the level of competition gives him no indication of where they’re arriving to. Giving up huge leads and finding yourself in dogfights certainy don;t help the situation. … But I think they’re making games much much harder than they should be. That’s what I take from it.”
James had 25 points and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love 27 points. Indiana’s Paul George 32 points.
Looks like they spotted Indiana two points for this one.
I didn't notice this before, but the Cavaliers-Pacers series got off to a weird start, at least on TV pic.twitter.com/riya03aD2P
— Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) April 18, 2017
Memphis coach David Fizdale is either going to burn out or get driven out with comments like this. He was no fan of the officiating in Game 2 of their series with the Spurs. San Antonio went up 2-0 with a 96-82 win.
“That’a unacceptable, that was unprofessional. You know I know Pop’s pedigree and I’m a young rookie, but they’re not going to rook us.”
Grizzlies coach David Fizdale goes off on the refs after the Game 2 loss: 'Take that for data!' pic.twitter.com/kBaGytjyyW
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 18, 2017
Mike Conley had 24 points but Memphis shot only 15 free throws. Kawhi Leonard had 37 points for San Antonio. Leonard was 19-of-19 from the line.
Perhaps instead of fouls, the refs should issue red cards?
7 p.m. ET, Milwaukee at Toronto (Game 2), NBATV (TV).
8 p.m. ET, Chicago at Boston (Game 2), TSN (TV).
10:30 p.m. ET, Utah at LA Clippers (Game 2), TSN (TV).