CLEVELAND — After another agonizing detriment in that a Indiana Pacers scarcely came all a approach behind from a late double-digit necessity before succumbing to a Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George had blunt critique for some-more of his teammates.
In a Pacers’ Game 1 detriment to a Cavs, it was CJ Miles whom George called out for blank a intensity game-winning jumper. That led George to declare, “In situations like that, we got to get a final shot. we was seeking for it. CJ took it on himself.”
Stephenson — sealed to a three-year understanding late in a unchanging deteriorate and a vital reason Indiana is in a postseason in a initial place, with a Pacers going 6-1 after he was combined to a group — had a plus/minus of minus-7 in 5 mins in a third entertain when Cleveland took control of a game.
“He’s got to learn to control himself and be in a moment,” George said. “Lance, in a locker room, is looked on as a leader. His physique denunciation has to urge — only for a team. We all know that Lance is an romantic guy. A lot of it is his heart and his competitiveness. That tension comes out of him. He’s got to channel that toward creation bid plays on a justice and doing whatever he needs for us to succeed.”
With a Pacers going tiny in a third quarter, Cleveland targeted Kevin Love in a post opposite a flamable Stephenson. Love scored time and time again, with Stephenson picking adult 3 fouls and during one indicate slamming a round to a building in disappointment following a alarm opposite him.
Pacers manager Nate McMillan blamed Indiana’s group invulnerability for Love’s going off.
“I consider we put Paul on Kyrie [Irving], and Lance went to Love,” McMillan said. “They do a good pursuit of noticing matchups and holding advantage of it. we suspicion that was huge. Defensively, we only didn’t play that right. The reason for it was only perplexing to get control of Kyrie by putting [a] bigger defender on him. We had to try to repudiate entrance to anyone who was in a post, though we unequivocally did a bad pursuit of permitting Love to locate it. We didn’t work to repudiate or front that post shot.”
Still, Stephenson’s final line was impressive, as he finished with 13 points, dual rebounds, 4 assists and dual steals in 26 minutes. He had 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 mins in Game 1.
George also wanted to see some-more out of Turner, a Pacers’ second-year center, who finished with 6 points on 3-for-10 shooting, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in Game 2 after averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per diversion in a unchanging season.
“We only need him to plea Tristan [Thompson], keep him off a boards,” George pronounced of a 21-year-old Turner. “He needs to make himself accessible down low in a post. He needs to know during this indicate he has to take it to a subsequent level. We’ll continue to work with him.
“I’ve been in his ear all a approach adult until this indicate — we know, that subsequent step. And expansion for him. In this league, you’ve got to find it. He’s still young. He’s still learning, so it’s a good thing. We’re going to work with him.”
George led Indiana in points (32), rebounds (8) and assists (7) on Monday, that brought his array averages to 30.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists while he shot 48.7 percent from a margin and 55.6 percent from 3.