I was waiting for Jeff Van Gundy or Mark Jackson to say “well, it’s a make or miss league.”
Down one and going against a sloppy Cavaliers defense (for most of the game), the Indiana Pacers got a clean look at a game winner as time expired. LeBron James had gone up to double and take the ball out of Paul George‘s hands — LeBron said postgame their one goal was not to let the red-hot George take the shot — and he passed to C.J. Miles, who shook Richard Jefferson with a pull-up and got a clean look.
It just fell short.
Cleveland survived for the 109-108 win, going up 1-0 in the first round series. Game 2 is Monday in Cleveland, and the Pacers should go into that game with confidence.