This year's team won't magically flip a defensive switch and defend like the Golden State Warriors, but they can fix some effort issues. He helped the Pacers overcome a 22-point deficit in the second quarter, and the tone of the game changed immediately once Stephenson entered it, with the Pacers already down 26-6 in the first quarter.
The Clippers, who lost DeAndre Jordan to a sprained left ankle in the second quarter, won their third straight over the Kings this season and their 11th in a row at Sacramento. James missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Victor Oladipo has been playing at an All-Star level; if the season were to end today, he'd receive MVP votes. That they struggle and their stars fall apart under the pressure in the postseason, and the rest of the team can't pick it up when DeRozan and Lowry don't have it, while the stars will force their game and try to simply play through the defenses created to stop them.
The Raptors will reach the midway point of their schedule Saturday with their 41st game, and their 29 wins are the most they have had half way through a season in franchise history.
Anthony Davis scored 36 points and added nine rebounds in the Pelicans' 119-113 win over the Trail Blazers, but his team-mate DeMarcus Cousins was as good or better with 24 points, 19 boards and eight assists.
Playing seven of their last eight games on the road - with one more to go - may be taking its toll on the Cavs, the oldest team in the league. Fifteen years. I don't know, I've been in this spotlight for half of my years. Klay Thompson is the third double-digit scorer and Draymond Green is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. Going into Thursday, seven teams were within five games of each other for the final five playoff spots in the East - and six teams within five games are in the mix for the final four spots out West.
After the game, James apparently was not interested in diagnosing the Cavs' problems.
Even when there was only seconds left, Stephenson was still at it. In the first quarter he was 0-for-6, making him 2-for-18 in that period in his four games, including 0-for-8 on 3-pointers. It's the first time IN has beaten Cleveland three times IN a season since 2013-14.
INDIANAPOLIS - Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Friday that he addressed his "agendas" comment with his players.
Dwyane Wade said: "Sometimes you get in a slump, guys start worrying about me, me, me". "It's just been a process of us learning a right rhythm, finding a comfort within it".