Pacers get the jump on Cavaliers — Sunday's National Basketball Association roundup

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

Take the points and the Pacers in this one as it's a tighter contest.

First-round play-off games LeBron James won before Cleveland's opening defeat by Indiana.

When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn't celebrate or run around the floor like they accomplished anything special.

He is only the second player in National Basketball Association playoff history to reach that mark. The Pacers are 4-18 wheb losing Game 1. If we are to have a shot at LeBron James, we need him to bow out early this postseason. We can do better in a lot of different areas.

"On this team, we all know what Victor can do when he steps on the court", Thaddeus Young said. "We can be better". The Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to play.

"Our approach is the same as it's been all season long", McMillan said.

"He just has to be more aggressive by attacking the basket and being more decisive offensively", Lue said.

For Pacers center Myles Turner, better defensive communication is key. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. The Cavaliers are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall.

Still, it's hard to find any major faults in the Blue & Gold's defensive effort in Game 1, particularly to start the game. Stephenson admitted that he expects LeBron to "ball out". "We were into them, making them make tough passes, making them take tough shots". That's why we came to play this game is to win, not just to come here and just be OK. That's why we came to this series.

As Collison noted on Tuesday, a playoff series is akin to "a chess match", and the Cavaliers have the next move. He was 0-for-7 shooting and grabbled only four rebounds while playing 26:31.

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If you thought LeBron would be devastated about the blowout or being down 0-1 in the first round, The King isn't sweating it at all. Maybe it shows them some obvious adjustments to make moving forward.

"They were more physical". Game 2 tips off Wednesday night in Cleveland. That was a big change for them: remember, last season in Game 3 of their series with Cleveland, they blew a 26 point lead and lost by five. This is a talented team. I'm tempted to go with the Cavaliers to bounce back with an emphatic win, but I think this one will be close till the end so I'm taking the Pacers with the points again. But they're not shying away from the challenge.

Oladipo was absolutely filthy, going off for 32 in his first Pacer playoff game. "But a team like this can respond and they're going to respond. They hit us first and we didn't recover". They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times. The Pacers guard also continued his back-and-forth antics with James.

"We were definitely mad", Stephenson said. "Been playing hard on both ends all year".

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on. "It's always fun to play against him". "Don't back down from nobody. It's going be a good series". No other starter broke the double figures mark in scoring though Kevin Love did grab 17 rebounds: J.R. Smith (15 points) and Larry Nance Jr.

"The energy last night was unbelievable", Stephenson said.

"I'm a little dizzy right now, but I'll be alright", he joked. "So I'm the last guy to ask about what I'm gonna be like the next couple days".

"Me head-butting the (stanchion), you can't talk to nobody".

"I've never seen this guy look this bad and I love me some Jeff Green". These facts make the loss to the Pacers more significant.

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