Well, the questions may not be shut down completely, but LeBron certainly isn't going to be the man in question.
The situation was dire, requiring dominance. Paul George, who scored 36 points in Game 1, finished with 18 on 6-for-21 shooting.
"I need to see more out of a lot of guys", Lue said in his postgame news conference.
Victor Oladipo had a team-high 22 points for IN, but he missed a wide-open 3-pointer that would have tied it with 27 seconds left.
"I think the intensity", said LeBron. "I would take it just about every moment If I had that appearance back".
"I saw a replay (of the injury), and it didn't look good", Love said at his locker after the game.
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James came through in the clutch at the free-throw line in the final minute of the fourth quarter with the Cavs clinging to a single-digit lead. They can't afford to go into Indianapolis without Love, especially if the others stand around and watch James as they did in Game 2.
"We blew a coverage and we were lucky and I'd rather be on time, on target than to be lucky", James said.
There is hope within the organization, multiple sources told ESPN, that the Cavs' underwhelming postseason performers thus far - a list headlined by Hood, Clarkson and Green - will actually play better on the road as the series shifts to Indiana.
In Game 1, LeBron had one of the least impactful triple-doubles of his career, mostly because he was a no-show in the first quarter when the tone for the game was set. "Coach Lue called up the first play for me, and it went down". He kept getting what he wanted. He also led the league in minutes played for the second consecutive season with just under 37 minutes per game. Of course, as Kobe Bryant reminds us, however, "flipping the switch" doesn't mean that LeBron magically becomes even less human than he already is, it means that he just has more time to focus in on one specific team.
Behind a stunning start from LeBron James, Cleveland raced out to a 26-8 lead before the Pacers slowly clawed back.
In Game 1, Timberwolves All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns was 3-of-9 from the field, finishing with eight points and 12 rebounds.