Posted on April 19, 2018 at 05:05 | Updated on April 19, 2018 at 05:06
Who is hot
• LeBron James, Cavaliers: In order to move with the Pacers, it took a golathic effort from James. He scored the first 16 points of the Cavs, including the first 13 for both teams, and had 29 after the break. James came up with 46 points on 17-of-24 shooting with 12 rebounds and five assists. The Cavaliers won 100-97.
• Donovan Mitchell, Utah: The Jazz stopped home-run against Oklahoma City with a 102-95 victory, which earned 28 points from Mitchell in Game 2.
• Chris Paul, Houston: The Rockets won 2-0 against Minnesota with a 102-82 victory that included 27 points and eight assists from Paul.
WHO DOES NOT
• Carmelo Anthony, Oklahoma City: The experienced striker scored only 2 out of 9 on 3-point attempts and finished with 17 points in 38 minutes. Anthony shoots 35 percent off the ground, but his battles are mainly because of the outdoor shot. He is 4-of-16 in the series.
• James Harden, Houston: A game after his 44-point performance, Harden cooled off significantly. He scored 2 out of 18, scoring 12 points in the Rockets & # 39; Game 2 victory.
• Shortly after the Cavaliers' victory, LeBron James sent his heartfelt thoughts and prayers to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich as he was informed of the demise of Popovich's wife Erin. Read more.
• Coach Tyronn Lue told James this week he wanted to change a lineup. He made two, swapping J. R. Smith for Rodney Hood and Kyle Korver for Jeff Green. Read more.
• Start Korver unlocked James, who scored 20 points in the first quarter on 9 of 12 out of the field and 2 of 4 from beyond the 3-point arc. Continue reading. For columnist Bill Livingston's critique, click here
• If the Cleveland Cavaliers want to go deep into the playoffs, they must be carried on the broad basketball shoulders of LeBron James, writes columnist Terry Pluto. Read more.