When JR Smith walked out of the arena after not playing in the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 117-111 Game 2 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday because of a hamstring injury, he vowed to play in Game 3 as long as the Cavs would let him.

Smith got his wish Thursday after getting through the morning shootaround without any setbacks.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters before the game that Smith would return to his place in the starting lineup and would be relied upon for his defense on the Pacers' Paul George, who is averaging 30.5 points per game in the Eastern Conference first-round series thus far.

"Defensively, just challenge Paul George, make his offensive life miserable," Lue said of the task Smith is charged with. "Just try to make his shots hard, compete. He's going to make some shots, and some tough shots at that, but just making him work for everything he gets.