The Indiana Pacers are either catching the Cleveland Cavaliers at the right time or the worst time.
After being blown out by host Minnesota by 28 points on Monday night, the Cavaliers suffered their most lopsided loss of the season, 133-99 at Toronto on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers (26-15) will play the second of back-to-back games Friday night at Indiana (21-20).
The Pacers won the first two meetings, 124-107 on Nov. 1 in Cleveland and 106-102 at Indiana on Dec. 8. The second victory snapped Cleveland’s 13-game winning streak.
So the Cavs could be an angry team seeking revenge or a tired team reeling after losing for the seventh time in 10 games.
“We’re a veteran team and we know what we’re capable of, and it can’t be so easy for us to get in those lulls and not try to dig ourselves out of them,” Cavaliers forward Kevin Love told ESPN prior to the Toronto loss. “So we got to be better.”
Defense has been a huge issue.
“We haven’t been able to stop (teams) as of late,” Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue told ESPN after the Minnesota loss. “One-on-one, off the dribble, pick-and-roll has been Achilles’ heel and transition.”
Before the game, LeBron James told ESPN: “This is just us during the regular season. This is just us. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at times.”
Article source: https://www.foxsports.com/indiana/story/pacers-look-to-go-to-3-0-against-struggling-cavs-011218
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