LeBron James: Cavaliers' Roster Shake-Up Hurt Team's Preparation for Playoffs

LeBron James will be aiming to help Cleveland tie the series against Indiana tomorrow

The Cavaliers coach has challenged the rest of his team to step up after LeBron James single-handedly evened the series against the Pacers by leading Cleveland to a 100-97 win in Game 2 on Wednesday.

He finished the game with 46 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and two steals.

For the first time in his career, James played in all 82 games of the regular season.

For his part, Nance came off the bench in Game 2 and supplied just two points in 24 minutes of action, a huge difference from James' production in the contest.

Darren Collison knocked down back-to-back shots to make it a one-possession game and after a George Hill offensive foul the Pacers had a chance to tie.

James gave the Cavaliers a 16-3 lead over the Pacers when he pulled up from the right wing and buried his second three-pointer of the game. "Allie LaForce told me that she was going to ask me the question and if it was OK and once I started talking about it, once we were on air, my emotions kind of took over and that was my emotions coming straight from my heart about the late Erin Popovich".

Lue went on to list the Cavs players by name who took charges in Game 2: Love, James and Korver.

James also added 12 rebounds.

"I saw a replay too, and it didn't look good", Love said.

If the first two games in the best-of-seven series are an indication of what to expect in Game 3, the team that jumps out quickly will prevail. In Game 1, Jeff Green and Rodney Hood started the game but were a combined 4-for-15 shooting.

"We blew a coverage and we were lucky and I'd rather be on time, on target than to be lucky", James said.

"We ran the same first play until they stopped it", Lue said. With Cleveland blitzing and crowding virtually every screen involving Oladipo, they allowed a whopping 62 points in the paint on Wednesday.

Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns had another disappointing game, scoring his five points in the first quarter. Yet James' early points ultimately proved decisive. While only Shaq starter to answer (with 6), Kenny Smith pointed out the Pacers have "certain advantages" against the Cavaliers.

Oladipo's style on both ends of the floor opens up so many things for the Pacers as a whole, but first, let's look at one of the things he can do himself.

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