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16 April 2018, 04:55 | Charlene Valdez
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This has immediately drawn the attention toward how James will respond to being in this situation for the first time.
Game one starts at 3:30 p.m.in Cleveland. Following that contest, the series shifts to Indianapolis for games on Friday and Sunday night. IN has played good ball the last month or two and have a belief it can win this series. This season, the Pacers beat the Cavs three out of four, so this series figures to be a close, hard-fought affair.
Preparation for the Cleveland Cavaliers has been going on for a couple of weeks now for the Pacers' scouting staff.
The Cavs were out of sorts to start, missing most of their 3-pointers in the first quarter. Just as they've done all season long, the Pacers proved everyone wrong.
Myles Turner had 16 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic ended with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench for IN, which shot nearly 46-percent IN the win. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest.
IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round.
On the other side, it was a one-man show as James had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Lue has a lot of decisions to make in regards to his rotation, but plans to go with LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jeff Green and George Hill as his starters.
Get out the brooms everyone, this series is going to be a sweep!
Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on. "They hit us first and we didn't recover". Of course, the National Basketball Association is a game made up of runs so it was still too premature to crown the Pacers the winners of this game because you can't count out LeBron from going all LeBron on the opposition. Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way. IN quickly went on a 12-2 run to restore a 17 point lead and that was that.
LeBron James scored 24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career post-season triple-double.
Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue has helped navigate the team through a troubling and roller-coaster season, but now, he has a healthy roster ready for a playoff run. Since 2012, James has not lost a single game in the first round.
"They were more aggressive", James said. "That first quarter set the tone". IN controlled the tempo from the start and hammered Cleveland into submission.
Trailing by those 17 points at intermission, the Cavaliers soon found themselves in even worse shape as they faced a 23-point deficit at 61-38 with 10:28 left in the third quarter.
"A number of us are just going to have to pick it up on the offensive end, whether it be Bron or myself and everybody really so in that regard just showing leadership", Love said after practice on April 13. The Odds Shark website reports that for the money line the Cavs are priced from -310 to -325 at various sportsbooks. We gave up 98 points, but 80 is not gonna cut it. IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different. The Pacers are 4-18 wheb losing Game 1.
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