LeBron James Says He Won't Throw Teammates Under Bus After Game 3 Loss

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistApril 21, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) is defended by Indiana Pacers' Thaddeus Young during the second half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, April 20, 2018, in Indianapolis. Indiana won 92-90. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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After the Cleveland Cavaliers' 92-90 loss against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Friday, LeBron James refused to single out any of his teammates for their performance down the stretch. 

Per Rick Noland of the Elyria-Chronicle Telegram, James was asked if there was anything he could do to get his teammates to do more to help the Cavs play better. 

"You guys think I'm going to throw my teammates under the bus? I'm not about that," James responded. 

For the third straight game in the series, James led the Cavs in scoring (28 points), assists (eight) and rebounds (12). 

The second half was a struggle for Cleveland after taking a 57-40 lead at halftime. The Cavs were held to just 33 points over the final 24 minutes, including 12 in the third quarter. 

Kevin Love's three-pointer with 7.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter was the first time a Cavaliers player other than James had scored since Rodney Hood's jumper at the 9:17 mark. 

The Cavaliers find themselves trailing 2-1 in the series against Indiana. This is the first time James' team has been behind in the playoffs through at least three games against an Eastern Conference opponent since the Boston Celtics took a 3-2 lead in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals. 

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