Cleveland Cavs Willing To Trade Tristan Thompson

The Pacers beat the Cavaliers for a 3rd time in 3 tries this season by erasing a 22-point deficit and finishing off a 3-1 homestead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers went into IN on Saturday looking to find a cure for their ailing defense amid a losing streak and what they found instead was Lance Stephenson.

Stephenson's versatility as a 6-6 swingman with strength gives the Pacers options that coach Nate McMillan may use on the road trip. This time, he even got into LeBron James' head.

LeBron James did not sound too anxious about the Cavs' struggles recently, but he also said that the team got to find a way out.

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half for the Spurs, who committed 21 turnovers while playing without injured starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green. The Raptors were missing two of their big three in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, and rather than that result in an easy night for Cleveland, all it did was set the stage for guys such as Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam to make an impact. Both teams scored 21 points in the fourth quarter and the Pacers just barely came out on top.

Stephenson also baited James into a retaliatory shove that resulted in a technical foul with 7:53 remaining.

It was just another act in their twos "chippy" history.

"We come out with low energy in the fourth quarter", he said, via the Associated Press. "That's all. He's a little dirty". "This is just us". I don't know. I've been in this spotlight for half of my years, maybe more. They caught me on the retaliation. "But he played well tonight". He is averaging 32 minutes, 15 rebounds and 11.8 points a game.

Oladipo once again provided the late-game heroics.

Neither team made a field goal the rest of the way, with IN finishing the game on an 8-0 run.

LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 27 points and 11 assists. "We're getting there. Defensively, we're executing the things we want to do, whether it's switching, handling pick-and-rolls and just being efficient". On the final possession that the Cavs had while they still had a chance, Darren Collison was switched onto LeBron after a screen and he managed to hold his ground and force him to step out of bounds, which ultimately resulted in a victory.

The Cavs rank 29th in defensive rating, giving up 109.5 points per 100 possessions, better only than the 13-28 Sacramento Kings.

This Raptors game - a nationally televised affair against a playoff foe from the previous two seasons - would typically be the type of game the Dr. Jekyll Cavs would show up for. The win is Indiana's third over Cleveland this season and improves their record to 22-20. It's not LeBron's job to coach the Cavaliers, but it's certainly his job to lead them on and off the court.

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