Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers, NBA Playoffs 2017 Game 3 preview

INDIANAPOLIS — The Cavs (2-0) will travel on the road for the first time in the playoffs, taking on the Indiana Pacers (0-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday for Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.

Last meeting: The Cavs won Game 2, 117-111, on Monday at The Q.

Cavs fast fact (s): LeBron James has won at least one road playoff game in 26 consecutive playoff series, a streak that dates back to the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals; James (5,629) is 12 points away from passing Kobe Bryant (5,640) for 3rd place on the NBA’s all-time postseason scoring list.

Cavs injuries: J.R. Smith (left hamstring) and Kay Felder (left ankle sprain) are both questionable.

Pacers fast fact: Paul George has scored at least 20 points in 11 of his last 12 playoff games, only failing to reach the mark in a Game 4 first-round win against Toronto last postseason.

Pacers injuries: None.

Probable starters:


F LeBron James (28.5 ppg; 8.0 rpg; 10.0 apg)

F Kevin Love (22.0 ppg; 7.5 rpg; 2.0 apg)

C Tristan Thompson (6.0 ppg; 11.5 rpg; 1.0 apg)

G J.R. Smith (4.5 ppg; 1.5 rpg; 0.5 apg)

G Kyrie Irving (30.0 ppg; 2.5 rpg; 4.0 apg)


F Paul George (30.5 ppg; 6.5 rpg; 7.0 apg)

F Thaddeus Young (12.0 ppg; 6.0 rpg; 2.5 apg)

C Myles Turner (8.5 ppg; 6.5 rpg; 1.5 apg)

G Monta Ellis (6.5 ppg; 3.0 rpg; 2.0 apg)

G Jeff Teague (19.0 ppg; 3.0 rpg; 4.0 apg)

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