Pacers vs Cavaliers (Game 4)

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Practice: McMillan Prepares Team for Game 4

April 22, 2017 - After practice on Saturday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about what the focus was and what Indiana needs to do to stave off elimination on Sunday.

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Practice: McMillan Prepares Team for Game 4

April 22, 2017 - After practice on Saturday, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about what the focus was and what Indiana needs to do to stave off elimination on Sunday.
Apr 22, 2017  |  07:17

Practice: George on Extending the Series

April 22, 2017 - Paul George talked about the Pacers' mood entering Game 4 and explained the team's desire to avoid the sweep.
Apr 22, 2017  |  02:45

Practice: Stephenson's Approach to Game 4

April 22, 2017 - Pacers guard Lance Stephenson talked about the team's mood at practice and the challenge of facing LeBron James in the postseason.
Apr 22, 2017  |  03:15

Practice: McMillan on Game 4 Expectations

April 21, 2017 - Pacers head coach Nate McMillan talked about his message to the team at practice on Friday and his expectations for Game 4 of their series with the Cavaliers.
Apr 21, 2017  |  11:35

George: "We Have To Look At It One At A Time"

April 21, 2017 - Pacers forward Paul George shared his thoughts on what the Pacers need to do in order to get themselves back into the series against Cleveland.
Apr 21, 2017  |  01:21

Practice: C.J. Miles on Bouncing Back from Loss

April 21, 2017 - Pacers swingman C.J. Miles talked about what the team can take away from Thursday's game and described the group's mentality going into Game 4.
Apr 21, 2017  |  02:38

Practice: Turner on How Pacers Can Bounce Back in Game 4

April 21, 2017 - Pacers center Myles Turner discusses Indiana's Game 3 loss to the Cavaliers and their mentality facing elimination Sunday in Game 4.
Apr 21, 2017  |  01:56

Game Preview: Pacers vs Cavaliers (Game 4)

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport






Matchup

After failing to close the door against the defending champs on Thursday night, the Pacers fell victim to one of the largest postseason comebacks in NBA history, falling to the Cavaliers 119-114.

The loss was painful not just for its historical nature, but because of the situation it leaves the Pacers in — trailing the second-seeded Cavaliers 3-0, a deficit no team has successfully climbed out of in the history of the NBA.

Sunday's game — where the Pacers will fight to ensure that it won't be their last of the season — offers Indiana a chance to show its mettle after a devastating Game 3 defeat.

"Guys definitely want to continue to play and definitely believe in what we can do," C.J. Miles said. "I'm not going to sit here and tell you we're about to win four games in a row, but I can tell you the next game we're going to put everything into it. And then we'll worry about the next game after that."

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Indiana's 3-0 deficit has overshadowed the play of Paul George through the first three games of the series, who is on track to finish with one of the best individual performances in Pacers playoff history.

George is on pace to become the second Pacers player in team history to average 30 or more points, seven or more assists, and seven or more rebounds for an entire playoff run. The only other player in Pacers history to hit those marks was George McGinnis during his legendary MVP season in 1974-75, in which he led the Pacers on a surprise trip to the ABA Finals by averaging 32.3 points, 8.2 assists, and 15.2 rebounds,

On Sunday, George will attempt to continue his torrid postseason and lead the Pacers to their first victory of the series.

"Sunday's game will be a test of our character," McMillan said. "It just comes down to that. Who will show up and fight to win a game and try to extend this series, which is what I expect to happen. We know what we need to do to give ourselves a chance to win. But it's not a 24-minute game or 36-minute game, it's a 48-minute game. I expect to come out Sunday and lay it all on the line. It's do or die for us now."

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Jeff Teague, SG - C.J. Miles, SF - Paul George, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Cavaliers: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - J.R. Smith, SF - LeBron James, PF - Kevin Love, C - Tristan Thompson

Injury Report

Pacers: None

Cavaliers: Kay Felder - out (left ankle sprain)

Last Meeting

April 20, 2017: After dropping Games 1 and 2 of their first-round playoff series in Cleveland, the Pacers appeared on their way to an emphatic bounce-back win in Game 3 on Thursday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

But LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers showed why they are the reigning NBA champions in the second half. James registered a triple-double and scored 28 of his game-high 41 points over the final two quarters to lead the Cavs to a stunning 119-114 comeback win.

"Here we are up (25) to start the second half and a chance to put our foot on their throat," Pacers forward Paul George said after the loss. "And we came out relaxed."

LeBron James finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, going 14-for-27 from the field and 6-for-12 from 3-point range.

George was as brilliant in the loss, nearly recording his own triple-double. He finished with 36 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists.

Noteworthy

  • Cleveland's comeback from 26 points down tied for the third-largest in NBA postseason history.
  • LeBron James is averaging 32.7 points, 10.7 assists, and 9.7 rebounds this series. George is averaging 32.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.
  • The Cavaliers let it fly from downtown in Game 3, making 21-of-44 attempts from downtown.

Tickets

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Gold Rally Towels for Game 4

All fans in attendance for Game 4 against the Cavaliers will receive a gold rally towel upon arrival to their seats.

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TV: ABC - Mark Jones (play-by-play), Hubie Brown (analyst), Israel Gutierrez (sideline reporter)
Radio: 107.5 FM/AM 1070 The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: For the remainder of the season, all Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on FM 107.5 as well as AM 1070 The Fan. Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Home Court Gift Shop Game Night Special

Primary Logo Tee - $12. Game Night Specials can be purchased in the Home Court Gift Shop or any of our souvenir stands located on all levels of Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The special is also available online at PacersGear.com until midnight.


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