5QT: LBJ finally gets some help, Cavs come through

J.R. Smith of the Cavaliers follows through after launching -- and making -- a 61-footer at the first-quarter buzzer in Game 4 against the Pacers on Sunday night.

Five quick takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 104-100 victory in Game 4 of their series against the Indiana Pacers…

1. For all the talk of the “dead wood LeBron is lugging around in the playoffs,” LeBron James’ supporting cast deserves some kudos. After a 60-point first half, Cleveland scored 44 points in the second half — and James accounted for only nine of them.

2. Kyle Korver (18 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocked shots), J.R. Smith (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Jordan Clarkson (12 points) gave the Cavaliers four double-figure scorers for the first time in the series. Korver’s eight fourth-quarter points were monstrous in terms of deterring the outcome. After missing all four shots he took in the first half, he made 4-of-5 in the second half.

3. Smith deserves huge props for his continued defensive effort against Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo. Hounded by Smith all night, and to a lesser extent, even Jeff Green (yes, Jeff Green!), Oladipo made just five of 20 shots. What should not be forgotten was the running 61-footer going to his left at the first-quarter buzzer.

4. Green (8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block) played by far his best game of the series, making 3-of-5 shots in 24 minutes. Of course, the bar was set awfully low for him to have his best game of the series, but the guy still did enough to actually warrant him to be on the floor.

5. Kevin Love’s struggles continued as he picked up two fouls 90 seconds into the game and made just 2-of-10 shots. Still, in 29 minutes, he grabbed 11 rebounds and added one assist, two steals and a block and on Korver’s monster 3-ball off a pass from James with 2:25 to play he set a terrific screen to give Korver just enough space. Just more than a minute previous, he had an open three from the right wing, but made the extra pass to a wide-open Korver for a corner 3-pointer.

1 Comment on "5QT: LBJ finally gets some help, Cavs come through"

  1. This was a hard fought win for the Cavs. The Pacers’ D on them was relentless. For Korver to hit those high pressure shots, and Jeff Green… The JR Smith deep shot was a good omen for the rest of the game. The Pacers are extremely tough. Sabonis was trying to be the Bogdanovic of this game and he almost pulled it off. I thought the Cavs would collapse under the enormous physical pressure exerted by the Pacers. Happily, I stand corrected. They pulled off a gutsy victory.

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