2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
50-32, 1st in Central

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 3 that the one player who has been out of his rotation that he could end up going to this series is Tristan Thompson. He knows what he will get out of him and based out of the last three Finals runs, he knows that Thompson can handle the playoff stage. Lue said he's spoken to Thompson about eventually getting his chance. "He's ready," Lue said.

ESPN Stats and Information  

It's been all LeBron James for the first 2 games against the Pacers. He's scored 70 points in the first 2 games, 46 more than the next-most, 24 by Kevin Love. Then it drops back to 20 for J.R. Smith. To compare, James had 20 points in the first quarter of Game 2 alone.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue's biggest talking point heading into Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers was making sure the Cleveland Cavaliers guards attack with more purpose. "Just showing them on film spots where they can be aggressive attacking the basket," Lue said at shootaround Friday. "Pick-and-rolls, we got to get downhill versus their big. DHOs - dribble-handoffs - coming off and turning the corner, being aggressive getting into that paint because they're a help team and then we can kick out and we can get shots and get 3s. So, we just got to be more aggressive attacking the basket and making plays at the basket and then look for our shooters when we can."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about his streak of making it to seven straight NBA Finals at Friday's shootaround and said it was never something he set out to do. "How important is it to me? It's important to me to try to compete for a championship every year," James said. "It's not like it was a goal of mine coming into the NBA, saying ‘Let's have a Finals streak.' It just happened that way because I prepared myself and the teams were very prepared and good and talented to be able to compete for championships. It's just been a product of it."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue confirmed what we already reported following the Cavs' win on Wednesday: Kevin Love will indeed play in Friday's Game 3 in Indiana. Love had a wrap on his jammed left thumb at Friday's shootaround.

1:24

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

LeBron James says he's just trying to get to another championship. Game 3 tonight is in Indianapolis. The series is tied 1-1.

1:04

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Kevin Love practicing with his left thumb taped. Coach Lue said Love will be ready to go for Game 3.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is decked out in gold. The t-shirts say "Together."

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1d

PTI: A Narrow Cavs Victory

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon ask how encouraged the Cavaliers should feel by last night's win, preview the Sixers-Heat, and the upcoming NFL Draft.

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1d

Should Cavs Fans Feel Better Or Worse?

Tony Reali and the national panel recap the Cavs-Pacers game and ask if the Cavaliers should feel better or worse, recap the Jazz-Thunder, preview the Heat-Sixers and more.

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1d

Are Cavs Fans Confident In This Win?

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Pablo Torre question how we should feel about the Cavaliers barely beating the Pacers, what the *bleep* is going on with Karl-Anthony Towns, recap Donovan Mitchell's performance last night and more.

1d

Assessing the playoffs through two games

Brian Windhorst, Tim MacMahon, Andrew Han and Kevin Arnovitz discuss the Rockets-Wolves series (3:00), the Cavs (12:00), what’s going on with the Wizards (26:55), the Blazers (36:30), the Jazz (43:20) and Sixers-Heat (53:50).

1d

The Lab on the playoff series that are 1-1

We're back in the Lab to dive into the playoff series that are tied at 1-1 heading into Game 3. Is OKC in trouble? Can the Cavs get one back in Indiana? Should Embiid return?

Stephen A.: Cavs need Love to beat Pacers (1:50)
1d

Todd McShay talks NFL draft

Todd McShay joins the Get Up crew to break down Shaquem Griffin and other NFL prospects' chances. Plus, will Baker Mayfield's recent comments hurt his draft stock?

1d

Shaquem Griffin joins Get Up

NFL Draft prospect Shaquem Griffin shares his inspirational story and breaks down some plays. Plus, despite their game 2 win, do the Cavaliers still need to be worried?

LeBron's clutch staring down deficits in the East (0:50)
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Lue: LeBron's supporting cast needs to step up

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue challenged his team's supporting cast to step it up in their series against the Indiana Pacers after star LeBron James carried them with a game-high 46 points on Wednesday night.

The King's steal and strong dunk (0:30)
LeBron powers Cavs to even series (0:52)
Love expects to play in Game 3 (0:33)

Team Stats

Points Per Game110.95th
Rebounds Per Game42.123rd
Assists Per Game23.412th
Points Allowed109.926th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2017-185032.610
2016-175131.622
2015-165725.695
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402