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Cavs drop Game 1 to Pacers, 98-80

Cavs drop Game 1 to Pacers, 98-80

The Pacers were led by Victor Oladipo's breakout performance with 32 points and six rebounds, per ESPN.

If the Cavs would have taken Oladipo with the first overall pick they probably would have performed better that year and might not have gotten the first overall pick that allowed them to trade for Kevin Love and convince LeBron James to come back to Cleveland.

There was no signature moment in the Lance & LeBron saga on Sunday, but Stephenson did guard James for significant stretches of Sunday's game.

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on. While Turner felt the Pacers "did a pretty good job" with their transition defense, he noted that some lapses in communication resulted in open looks for Cleveland's shooters. The Cavs managed just 30 field goals and 38.5 percent from the field. You've heard them all, but in this game, they were all true.

The most common way to score a triple double in the National Basketball Association is through points, assists, and rebounds - like James managed to do (24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds) against the Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena. (10 points) were the only other players in double figures coming off the bench. Take the points and the Pacers in this one as it's a tighter contest.

Jeff Green, Rodney Hood and George Hill rounded out the starting five, which created plenty of questions heading into Game 1 on Sunday afternoon. He returned in the fourth quarter but was noticeably hobbling. I wouldn't blame them for their overconfidence, considering the fact that LeBron has made the finals seven years in a row. (6 points in the first quarter) scored more than 2 points in the opening quarter. "If we could bottle that third quarter up and part of the fourth, the way we played, with intensity, diving on the floor, we'll be good".

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Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk, But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 seconds left. "We just gotta shoot the ball and if you make it, you make it, and if you miss, you miss".

Losing early in the playoffs, especially with new teammates like Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. playing poorly, could convince LeBron that a change scenery is necessary for the 2018-2019 season. Green was a dismal 0 for 7 and finished scoreless in 27 minutes of action. IN simply stifled Cleveland and didn't panic when they saw the lead trimmed to seven.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - On Saturday, Thunder forward Paul George told reporters about an alter-ego he calls "Playoff P".

It's a fairly safe bet that Game 2 won't be as ugly offensively as the opener was for Cleveland.

Harden's 44 points were one shy of tying his playoff career-high and five points shy of tying the Rockets' all-time record. IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different.

The Pacers have been running hot for a while now and they really came out firing in a big statement win in Game 1.


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