At the end of the day, the Cavaliers still have LeBron James on their team and he is having one of his best seasons yet.
Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and IN outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday IN the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers' their first loss IN the opening round IN eight years.
"Is it?" James said. "I've never lost a game in the first round before in my career?".
As much as Pacers fans are basking in their teams thumping of Cleveland in Game 1, the Pacers players are acting as if its business as usual. This is the least talented team LeBron has played on since the first time he was on the Cavs. He downplayed the debacle and told The Cleveland Plain Dealer, "I've been down 3-1 in the Finals before". "So, I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple days". In the meantime, it's time for the king to take control.
When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn't celebrate or run around the floor like they had accomplished anything special.
They calmly walked off, business as usual. While it's just one game, it's clear the Pacers came to play in this series and the Cavs weren't expecting it.
"You always hear people say in the regular season, sometimes it's a "play-off-type atmosphere".
LeBron had a strong game on Sunday, registering a triple-double as he finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
It will be up to him to get the offense going early, be a leader on the defensive side to frustrate the Pacers to set the tone, and help the Cavaliers grab momentum of the game and series. The Cavaliers have plenty of time to get their minds right. The Cavs just have to find a way to ease No. 23's load going forward, especially in the offensive end.
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Therefore, Seven was unable to broadcast the athletes entry and instead they were seen to be standing on the outskirts in dark. "Personally, everyone just gets together".
I would not take James at his word about the Cavs not making many adjustments.
This is the first postseason experience as a unit for this Pacers team, but make no mistake, this is a veteran group. Boston outscored Milwaukee 14-8 in the extra period.
Al Horford was top scorer with 24 points, while Terry Rozier chipped in with 23.
Though LeBron remains confident in his ability to make a comeback, the same can not be said for his teammates, several of whom are making their playoff debuts. "I'm glad to be in this position".
Two of the so-called fiercest rivals in the National Hockey League have provided three lopsided games: Pittsburgh's 7-0 win in Game 1 and Philadelphia's 5-1 victory in Game 2 could about qualify as nail-bitters in this series.
After a muted start, things opened for Antetokounmpo.
And now Lue has explained what he hopes to see from his star man in Game 2.
"It's not enough", Lue said, per McMenamin. "His body felt good". He made eight of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. LeBron hasn't lost a game in the first round of the playoffs since 2012 against the New York Knicks. IN went into the fourth quarter with a 73-65 lead. As for the rest of the bench, they will need to evaluate how much they can use Domantas Sabonis because he couldn't cover ground defensively or protect the paint that well. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts and had three turnovers. George hit a deep 2-pointer to close the quarter and give the Thunder an 81-72 lead. The Cavaliers are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Malkin and Dumoulin scored 5 seconds apart. He made two free-throws to put the Celtics in front 110-106 with 18.8 remaining. He didn't take a shot until only 1:53 was left in the opening quarter and his team down by 17. They've been doing it all season. He also connected on 6-of-9 3-point field goals.
James Harden scored 44 points as the Houston Rockets held on for a 104-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.