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I’m David Shoemaker.
This is the second part of the ESPN NBA Playoffs coverage.
I’ll start with a quick recap of last night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
And, I’m here today to talk about the next big game in the NBA playoffs.
LA LOS ANGELES LOS VEGAS — A few minutes ago, it looked like LeBron James and the Los Angels Lakers were going to win it all with a blowout win over the Cleveland Browns.
But then the unthinkable happened.
With 10 seconds left, it appeared the Lakers would go on to win.
Instead, the Lakers took a one-point lead with 2:11 left, and then the Cavaliers tied it at 85-85 on a three-pointer by DeAndre Jordan with 1:45 to go.
With two minutes left, the Cavs had the ball at the Lakers’ four-minute warning and then turned to DeAndre Jones, who had been fouled on a fast break and was called for an offensive foul.
He had the chance to tie the game, but instead he took the shot instead of going to the foul line.
LeBron then missed the layup, and the Lakers went on to take a 107-98 lead into the break.
Afterward, James gave a brief speech to the crowd after the game and said, “We’re the best team in the world right now.”
The Cavaliers went on a 14-2 run that ended when LeBron hit a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left.
This was a game that the Lakers will remember for the rest of their lives.
“We had a couple of great offensive rebounds, a couple big steals, and we got some great shots in the second half,” James said.
“I just feel like we were able to come out and do what we’re capable of doing offensively.”
The Lakers’ offensive rebounding and rebounding is one of their major strengths, and their defense also is.
The Lakers led the NBA in offensive rebounds per game this season, and are averaging just over 11.7.
But the Cavs have allowed just under seven per game, and that number has dropped by almost half.
The Cavs allowed the Lakers a season-high 105.7 points per 100 possessions in the regular season, while they have allowed 106.5 per 100 this season.
So what’s going on?
Well, the Cavaliers are averaging about 27.3 offensive rebounds a game this year.
They are third in the league in offensive rebound percentage, but they also rank second in defensive rebound percentage.
LeBron and the Cavs also have allowed the highest number of fast-break points in the playoffs (22.7 per game) and the lowest number of free throws allowed (12.9 per game).
This is why, as LeBron James said at halftime, “we’re the better team right now.
We’re the superior team.”
James, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson are the leading scorers in the Finals, and they combined for 20 points and nine rebounds in Game 2.
Irving scored 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs.
The Cavaliers are shooting 61.7 percent from the field and are shooting 56.4 percent from 3-point range.
They have shot 51.7 from the free throw line, and Irving has made two free throws per game in this series.
The best part of that is that James, Irving and Thompson have been so effective together, averaging 20 points, six rebounds and four assists in the series.
They were so good in the first two games that they are averaging 19.2 points, 11.3 rebounds and six assists per game.
The third and final game of this series, Game 3 on Sunday, will be a different story.
The Clippers will play their first game of the series in New Orleans.
The Hornets will be playing their second game in Charlotte.
The winner of that game will face the winner of the second game and the winner in the third game of Game 4 on Sunday.