Cavs shuffle starting lineup for Game 2 against Pacers
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 19, 2018 07:31 AM
Cleveland Cavaliers' JR Smith, left, looks to pass against Indiana Pacers' Cory Joseph in the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Cleveland. The Pacers won 98-80. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
By Tom Withers, Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has tweaked his starting lineup for Game 2 against Indiana.
Lue started forwards J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver over Jeff Green and Rodney Hood as the Cavs try to even their Eastern Conference series on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Green went 0-for-7 from the field and missed his three free throws in the opener. Hood scored nine points, but he was excused from shootaround Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) as his wife gave birth to twins.
Lue had wanted to start Korver in Game 1, but the elite shooter has been slowed by a sore right foot.
The Cavaliers started slowly in the opener and were beaten 98-80 by the Pacers, who snapped Cleveland’s 14-game winning streak in first-round games and a 21-game winning streak by LeBron James in playoff-opening series.
Lue has spent the entire season shuffling lineups due to injuries and three trades at the Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) deadline.