Close call: Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers

Is JR Smith's hamstring injury worrisome?

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to control the ball in front of Thaddeus Young #21 of the Indiana Pacers during the first half in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Kevin Love (27) and LeBron James (25) got their side home 117-111 after nearly blowing an 18-point lead in the final term when the Pacers inched to within four.

Indiana's Paul George 32 points.

The Cavaliers hold a 2-0 series lead, with Game 3 set for Thursday night in Cleveland. Game three is on Friday morning (AEST). Game 3 is on April 20.

"It's a tough situation if you're playing against it", Lue said. "Just staying ready, being a professional", Tyronn Lue said after the game.

Isaiah Thomas to play Game 2, then fly to sister's funeral
Thomas won't be going anywhere though and in spite of such an emotional day, he still was able to drop 33 points in the effort. But we executed extremely well. "Fred Hoiberg is doing a helluva job of putting us in the right situations to get some wins".

"I don't know what that guy ate". Kyle Korver from three-point range and Iman Shumpert playing defense on the perimeter could help fill the void if Smith must miss any time.

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith sustained a left hamstring injury in the first half against the Indiana Pacers on Monday and did not return. I said those things only to motivate us to win a series. "We need to focus on whatever we need to do". Smith praised Shumpert for filling in and said his second-half play was "great". Shump sparked that, made a couple shots for us also. He finished with five points in 20 minutes, but his contributions went way beyond the box score.

Baring a seismic shift in the overall tone of the series, more of the same will be needed as the series shifts to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with in, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injuries dissuaded the Cavs from signing him.

It wasn't long ago that Shumpert was starting, but a poor stretch from mid-March until the final regular season game damaged Lue's confidence in him.

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