Iman Shumpert provides spark after JR Smith injury

20 April, 2017, 08:56 | Author: Benny Bass
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The four-time All-Star insists he was only trying to motivate other players to perform better after losing the first two games in their first-round playoff series against Cleveland.

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In his 12th postseason run in 14 seasons, James is averaging 28.5 points, 10.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds in 42.5 minutes, up from 26.4 points, 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds in 37.8 minutes during the regular season. Smith said an MRI "came back fine" and that treatment should help him heal.

The Pacers regrouped, ripped off 13 straight points and were within 113-109 when George hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left.

James has already achieved numerous National Basketball Association records this past regular season, and it looks as though this postseason will swiftly follow suit. "For them to say I'm a selfish teammate or I don't think about my teammates or I'm throwing my teammates under the bus..."

"He's been great on the bench, cheering guys on, keeping guys motivated and when it was his turn to play, he stepped up and played well", Lue said. "You know I know Pop's pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not going to rook us".

"When they're putting up points like that, all we can do is be ready on offense and make the extra effort on defense", Smith said. There are a lot of offensive rebounds and loose balls.

"It's a step in the right direction of just being a consummate professional, especially on a team like this", Kyrie Irving said at the podium in the postgame press conference.

Shumpert, who has played with an inconsistent level of energy and focus on both ends of the court this season, got after it right away with a few tough defensive plays, and made a jumper. Shump sparked that, made a couple shots for us also. It's easier for those guys to do what they do. "You expect it and wait your turn".

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