Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs take control of play-off series

Cleveland Cavaliers Le Bron James catches a pass against Indiana Pacers Lance Stephenson left and Monta Ellis right in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday

Out of seven games in the first round Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won one game and Cavs leads 1-0 series. The Cavs also nearly dropped another game in which they held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, and they almost coughed up home-court advantage in the series.

That flip could be coming soon according to LeBron James.

Although the team doesn't always finish off the job as comfortably as fans would hope, through two playoff games, the Cavs are off to a 2-0 start.

It would behoove the Cavs to find that switch and flip it before better competition arrives in the conference semifinals or the lights might get turned out on them.

"We're right there of what we know we can become", James said. "We'll figure it out". So, like I told you, I'd much rather have an 18-point lead than not have a lead at all. "And I think we're right there on the cusp of doing that". Kyrie Irving is averaging 30 points and four assists while LeBron James is averaging 28.5 points and eight rebounds.

Yet with a straightforward romp to victory beckoning, Cleveland again made life hard for themselves, with errors allowing IN to compile an eight-point run that slashed the lead to just seven points at 109-102 with 2:42 remaining. TV analysts, even as late as Monday night, were eager to point to Stephenson as a sparkplug for Indiana. "It's a chance for a clean slate - 0-0 - first one to win 16 games (is champion)". "We didn't do that", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said, looking back at the Cavs' 109-108 win in Game 1 on Saturday. The Spurs led the National Basketball Association at 39.1 percent during the regular season and were even more lethal in Game 1, going 10 for 19 (52.6 percent). "We lost our poise and weren't calm during that third quarter. And that was big". James also had no trouble dicing up the Pacers, finishing with 32 points and 13 assists as he got deep into the paint at will.

The Pacers, who outscored Cleveland 24-17 in the fourth, had a chance to win at the buzzer, but C.J. Miles missed an open 21-footer.

The other hitch for Cleveland was that starting guard J.R. Smith didn't play in the second half because of a left hamstring injury.

Tyronn Lue should adjust his rotations and remember that Derrick Williams actually exists. "He came in and made it tough on Paul George".

George spent most of his postgame press conference detailing all the things his team is doing wrong in the series-"We're just doing a bad job of getting back and guarding people"-and calling out specific teammates".

George was upset that the fiery Stephenson briefly lost his composure.

George himself, however, was predictably great for IN, scoring a team high 32 points on 10-20 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists.

George received the pass just inside the three-point line from teammate Jeff Teague. "Lance, in our locker room, is looked upon as a leader". We got security at the hotel to make sure that guys were safe.

It might make the league seem a lot less competitive than it really is, but this year's NBA Finals will be a Cavs-Warriors matchup yet again.

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