Pacers stun LeBron's Cavs in NBA Playoffs

Pacers stun LeBron's Cavs in NBA Playoffs

I was down 3-1 in the finals.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs. They outscored the Pacers in the final three quarters of the game. They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times. While I like Victor Oladipo as a player and believe that he has had a great season, I still think that he will not have another game like that this series. Collectively, Cleveland shot just 8-34 (24%) from deep and managed only 10 fast-break points. While the Cavaliers will undoubtedly play better in Game 2, the fact remains that the Pacers have had their number this season. It just hasn't been magnified. It's kind of shocking to everybody.

Bogdanovic 5-17 4-4 15, T.Young 3-4 1-2 7, Turner 6-9 3-4 16, Collison 2-9 1-2 6, Oladipo 11-19 4-8 32, Booker 1-1 1-2 3, Sabonis 2-4 0-0 4, Joseph 1-5 0-0 3, Stephenson 5-11 1-3 12.

Coach McMillan said someone came to him recently to remind him of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert saying that IN "could have done better" IN their Paul George-Victor Oladipo trade.

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It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been flawless starting the postseason.

"We got out hard defensively, showing LeBron some bodies", Oladipo said. They took advantage of everything we wanted to do. "We'll see what they're going to do". "We're planning on winning". "We came into this game playing with a mentality that we were gonna attack on both ends of the floor and play like we've been playing all year". "Not just come in here and be OK". Cleveland's bench punished the Pacers for the most part, but it was only enough to tighten up the game in the third quarter. And most of what they did worked.

Hill sustained a bruised back when he was hit from behind on a screen by Indiana's Trevor Booker. As it turns out, IN could hardly have done better, and it is the owner's heavily favored team that will have to give something much closer to its best to wrest the series back from a fired-up Oladipo and his teammates.

Game 1, according to James, was a rude awakening for some of his teammates getting their first real taste competing in the playoffs on a team with a target on its back as a title contender. "I was down 3-1 in the Finals".

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LeBron James finished with a triple-double in defeat. "Just running the floor more, playing with pace, rebound the basketball because he's playing the big, just playing with more energy". "In this league, you've got to score the ball".

"The [Pacers] came in and dictated the tempo, they were more aggressive", James said. If anything, they realized they can't take the Pacers lightly and have to adjust their mental game.

IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third. "I thought he made good decisions out there on the floor", IN coach Nate McMillan said of his star guard. During the season, they had seven players average at least double digits and shot 37.6% from three. "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do". You're going to give up something. I don't care what problems he is dealing with outside the court, you need to play him more in this series. That's what the media and those guys say.

What it looked like was the better team won.

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We also learned the Pacers aren't going to be intimidated after being swept by the Cavaliers a year ago.

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