The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the worst defensive team in all of the National Basketball Association. "We've still got how many more games to go". For the first time in his career, the 14-time All-Star lost back-to-back games by 25 or more points, with this latest loss coming against a team without Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.
He drilled down a three over Kyle Korver on one end to give IN an 83-82 lead, then drew a frustrated shove from James on the other end, resulting IN a technical foul and an Oladipo free throw.
A player like DeAndre Jordan can help solve their defensive woes with his interior defense and presence on the boards, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Cavaliers are still reluctant to include the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers regarding the center. And for approximately the 700th time, Lance Stephenson and LeBron James got into it. James was eventually awarded a technical when it looks like Stephenson goaded James into pushing him after Stephenson had some "incidental" contact with Stephenson.
One of the downfalls of Cleveland during that quarter was their 32 percent shooting from the field, while their defense allowed IN to hit for five 3-pointers.
It was just another act in their twos "chippy" history.
But the guy with a knack for getting inside opponents' heads with unthinkable stunts, like blowing in James' ear or giving him a thumb in the side - as television replays showed during the game - played the instigator perfectly.
He said he wants to be with his kids when they achieve their milestones in life. They caught me on the retaliation. "Tonight was just, we've just got to keep it consistent".
Curry also missed 11 games in December with a similar injury and was averaging 35.2 points per game in five games since returning.
James had 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting, and left the game before the fourth quarter even began.
The 97-95 loss to the Pacers was the third straight for the Cavs after they went on a 22-0 run and led 26-6 just minutes into the first quarter.
Neither team made a field goal the rest of the way, with IN finishing the game on an 8-0 run.
The real question is, what are Cleveland's players trying to say about LeBron? And we can't afford that right now, the way we're playing ball. "Luckily, he stepped out of bounds".
The Pacers have had numerous comebacks this season, and on Friday night, they did it again.