Oladipo, Pacers stun Cavaliers 98-80 in Game 1

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

The Pacers were on national television once during the regular season compared to 39 for the Cavs.

For the first time, it feels as if LeBron James won't be playing deep into June after the Cavaliers could do nothing to stop the Indiana Pacers and it ended with a 18-point blowout on their own home floor. We can't just take Game 1 and say we don't have to (make) any improvements. "So I'm the last guy to ask about what I'm gonna be like the next couple days", James said.

As for the story behind the story, Oladipo was asked for his thoughts on Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's statement in the wake of that July trade that in "could have done better" if Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard had opted to bite on a three-way deal that would have sent Cavs center-forward Kevin Love to the Pacers in exchange for George.

Cleveland began the second quarter on a 7-0 run, led by Kevin Love, who hit his second three-pointer of the evening during the quick run. 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.

Al Horford scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Boston and Terry Rozier, starting in place of injured Kyrie Irving, added 23 points.

On Sunday, the hostile atmosphere at Quicken Loans Arena had a similar effect on Stephenson, who had a strong showing off the bench, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in just 17:26. Cleveland chipped away thanks to a triple-double from LeBron. The scoring part is crucial for Cleveland because their defense has been abysmal all season long and we're way past the point where we can expect their mid-season personnel changes to have any serious effect at that end.

It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 and didn't realise he had been ideal starting the post-season.

Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-pointers and missed eight of 20 free throws.

Cleveland and LeBron are now certainly in a very foreign spot. He was entering the contest with a 21-game unbeaten run and the best winning percentage in the first round at.872.

"I'm down 0-1 in the first round". Games 3 and 4 will be in Indianapolis.

"I know how guys these days int he National Basketball Association are "starstruck" when they play against LeBron so sometimes they don't want to foul him, they just let him score. Buy we've been playing our butts off at both ends of the floor all year". However, if Clarkson and others continue their poor play, LeBron's heroics may not be enough to save them. That's why we came to play this game is to win, not just to come here and just be OK. And the Pacers were more "aggressive."They were more physical". "I thought their pressure really bothered us early, picking up full court with their guards".

Middleton's 31 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo's 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists weren't enough to give the Bucks with a win. But 80 is definitely not going to cut it.

"I think the biggest thing was we didn't waver as a team", added Thaddeus Young.

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