Hammer: Opening w/Steelers is "good news"

Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer opened Friday's show by previewing the Cavs game with the Pacers and debating whether the Browns opening with Pittsburgh is good or bad news

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It's been all LeBron James for the first 2 games against the Pacers. He's scored 70 points in the first 2 games, 46 more than the next-most, 24 by Kevin Love. Then it drops back to 20 for J.R. Smith. To compare, James had 20 points in the first quarter of Game 2 alone.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue's biggest talking point heading into Game 3 against the Indiana Pacers was making sure the Cleveland Cavaliers guards attack with more purpose. "Just showing them on film spots where they can be aggressive attacking the basket," Lue said at shootaround Friday. "Pick-and-rolls, we got to get downhill versus their big. DHOs - dribble-handoffs - coming off and turning the corner, being aggressive getting into that paint because they're a help team and then we can kick out and we can get shots and get 3s. So, we just got to be more aggressive attacking the basket and making plays at the basket and then look for our shooters when we can."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was asked about his streak of making it to seven straight NBA Finals at Friday's shootaround and said it was never something he set out to do. "How important is it to me? It's important to me to try to compete for a championship every year," James said. "It's not like it was a goal of mine coming into the NBA, saying ‘Let's have a Finals streak.' It just happened that way because I prepared myself and the teams were very prepared and good and talented to be able to compete for championships. It's just been a product of it."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyronn Lue confirmed what we already reported following the Cavs' win on Wednesday: Kevin Love will indeed play in Friday's Game 3 in Indiana. Love had a wrap on his jammed left thumb at Friday's shootaround.


Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

LeBron James says he's just trying to get to another championship. Game 3 tonight is in Indianapolis. The series is tied 1-1.


Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Kevin Love practicing with his left thumb taped. Coach Lue said Love will be ready to go for Game 3.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Bankers Life Fieldhouse is decked out in gold. The t-shirts say "Together."

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Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the 2018 Cleveland Browns regular season schedule: WEEK 1 (Sept. 9) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 2 (Sept. 16) at New Orleans Saints, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 3 (Sept. 20, Thursday) vs. New York Jets 8:20 p.m. ET; WEEK 4 (Sept. 30) at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m. ET; WEEK 5 (Oct. 7) vs. Baltimore Ravens, 1;00 p.m. ET; WEEK 6 (Oct. 14) vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 7 (Oct. 21) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 8 (Oct. 28) at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 9 (Nov. 4) vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 10 (Nov. 11) vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 11 (Nov. 18) Bye week. WEEK 12 (Nov. 25) at Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 13 (Dec. 2) at Houston Texans, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 14 (Dec. 9) vs. Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 15 (Dec. 15, Saturday) at Denver Broncos, Time to be determined; WEEK 16 (Dec. 23) vs. Cincinnati Bengals, 1:00 p.m. ET; WEEK 17 (Dec. 30) at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 p.m. ET

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PTI: A Narrow Cavs Victory

Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon ask how encouraged the Cavaliers should feel by last night's win, preview the Sixers-Heat, and the upcoming NFL Draft.

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Are Cavs Fans Confident In This Win?

Dan Le Batard, Papi and Pablo Torre question how we should feel about the Cavaliers barely beating the Pacers, what the *bleep* is going on with Karl-Anthony Towns, recap Donovan Mitchell's performance last night and more.


Windhorst: Game 2 recap

ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst recaps the Cavs win over the Pacers including Kevin Love's injury and some positive things for the Cavs.