The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken the lead in the opening series versus the Indiana Pacers for the first time after winning two straight.
In what has been an extremely suspenseful series for both sides, the Cleveland Cavaliers have finally taken the lead. The last three games have been decided by no more than four points and the pressure doesn’t seem to be lowering one bit.
The Cavs began the series with a rocky start as they conceded Game 1 to the Indiana Pacers by way of a 19 points deficit. This loss featured the Cavs scoring just 80 total points on their home floor while trailing by 20+ points beginning in the first half.
Since then, the Cavs haven’t necessarily stepped their game up collectively as a team as much as they’ve relied on The King himself: LeBron James. Most notably, LeBron scored almost half of the team’s points in Game 2 to secure a crucial 100-97 victory.
LeBron is averaging almost 35 points per game in this series. Per usual, James will produce whether his team is on or not. In this case, his team is most definitely not. It has become apparent that consistent contributions from the supporting cast cannot be counted on as this series has wore on.
The Cavs have tweaked their starting lineup a bit since entering the playoffs. This comes as no surprise though as they’ve played with several different lineups throughout the season. With the Cavs flipping their roster at the trade deadline, they still seem to be trying to figure out how all of the new pieces can fit together. Here are reasons why the role players’ play is so crucial.