Pacers Stun Cavaliers in Game 1, Take 1-0 Series Lead

Frederick Owens
April 17, 2018

A big reason why is due to the play of rising star Victor Oladipo, who dominated on both sides of the court and finished the night as the game-high scorer with 32 points.

Love averaged 17.6 points and shot 45.8 percent from the field, including a 41.5 percent mark from three-point range, in 59 regular-season games.

In the end LeBron had 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Cleveland missed a lot from three, hitting 8 of 34, six of which were courtesy of Kevin Love and Smith (three a piece). James had won 21 consecutive first-round matchups dating back to 2012 until yesterday (April 16) so it would be unwise to count James out of the equation. "It's the playoffs now ... and everybody sees it, so it's kind of shocking to everybody I guess you would say". "We've been playing hard on both ends all year". Sunday's Game 1 proved that.

I expect the Cavs to look much better in Game 2 and hopefully Lue with follow through with a necessary (and much needed) shakeup with the starting lineup. Sooner than later, we are going to find out.

Oladipo is the better player right now than George, plus the Pacers also got Sabonis, a 21-year-old who is already a key rotation piece.

Cleveland stormed back to begin the second half, outscoring the Pacers 27-18 in the third and cutting the lead to single digits before in would ultimately close the deal in the fourth.

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After the Cleveland Cavaliers got drubbed in Game 1 by the Indiana Pacers it was clear that things had to change if they wanted to win the series.

Game two in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday (NZT) in Boston.

IN has a habit of playing up to its competition and winning games it is supposed to win, which has to happen to be a successful team in the National Basketball Association. "You've got to double-team him because he makes good decisions with the basketball". Just making them do stuff that they're normally not used to doing. He did everything he possibly could to get under LeBron's skin, including, most famously, blowing in LeBron's ear during the 2014 Eastern Conference Finals. "We got traded together to OKC". The Pacers immediately went on a 12-2 run, game over. "That's the approach we've had all season long". Well, if we are hoping for LeBron to arrive in Los Angeles anytime soon, we should be hoping for an abnormally early exit for James and the Cavaliers.

They've been successful by following coach Nate McMillan's simple formula: share the ball, stop your man and stay connected.

His teammates' heads aren't spinning after the series-opening win over the Cavs, who swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago. Now to Indy. So I knew Doma wouldn't want me to sugarcoat anything, but I had to check in with him - let him know what I was thinking. "Like I told you guys, you always ask me, 'Is there anything you can tell them [about the playoffs]?' Listen, experience is the best teacher, and they got it today", James said.

Say this about Lance Stephenson - he makes any series more entertaining.

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