Key: Indy Killer
J.R. Smith broke double-digits for the first time since the opener when he finished with 11 points in Sunday’s loss against New York, but he was still just 3-of-9 from the floor with a pair of three-pointers. Those two games also mark the only two contests in which Smith has attempted a free throw.
If the Cavaliers are going to awake from their early-season interlude, they’re going to need Swish shooting (and defending) with confidence.
The Pacers might actually hope that J.R. is doing well so they see less of Kyle Korver, who absolutely wore Indiana out in two regular season meetings last year – going 18-for-24 from the field, including 14-of-17 from long-range, in a pair of wins, averaging 25.5 points and 5.0 rebounds off the bench. The four-time three-point percentage champ is off to another strong start this season, shooting at a .529 clip, going 18-of-34 from deep.
Either way, the Cavaliers will need some point production against the Pacers’ leading scorer this season, Victor Oladipo – who’s making the most of his starring role in Indy, leading the Pacers in scoring in six of their first seven games, topping the 20-point mark in five of them.