Cavaliers-Pacers (Series Tied 1-1)
LeBron James will get his. Figuring out who around LeBron will get his is a whole different issue. My preference is Kyle Korver for the reasons I laid out in previous slides. But J.R. Smith is a guy LeBron and the Cavaliers trust. And he’s going to get his shots and opportunities. The problem is, he’s still J.R. Smith.
Kevin Love should be that other trustworthy option, but that hasn’t been the case thus far in the series. And with a thumb injury, even if he’s cleared to play, he becomes even more of a risk. There’s a chance he finds his rhythm in Game 3, but you’d be taking a risk by adding him. Larry Nance Jr. may benefit if Love is ineffective.
Victor Oladipo will have a bounce back game, assuming he’s not in foul trouble again. The Cavaliers defense has been solid through two games, but I have doubts about them holding up on the road against an offense as good as the Pacers. Darren Collison and Oladipo make for a good stack duo at the guard positions.
Bojan Bogdanovic and even Lance Stephenson could make for good role players with the Pacers back at home. And Thaddeus Young came alive in bit in Game 2. If that carries over, he could be a problem for the Cavaliers.