IN force the pace on Cavaliers

Dean Simpson
April 17, 2018

We can't just take Game 1 and say we don't have to (make) any improvements.

The young and hungry Pacers blitzed the Cavs from the jump, building a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter, a number that went down to just 17 by the end of the second quarter. Game 1 is what they've been doing to teams all year.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but Cleveland struggled mightily to find any consistency.

"You can't ease into the play-offs", said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue. This contributed to them scoring 38 points in the paint on 18 fastbreak points.

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

I would not take James at his word about the Cavs not making many adjustments.

Well, it's now going to take a first-round comeback. The fifth-seeded Pacers were supposed to be a sacrifice, the first-round foregone conclusion that LeBron James' opponents always have been. Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. He has IN firing on all cylinders and creating havoc for Cleveland on the defensive end. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need to be more aggressive on the offensive end of the floor against the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

Rewind to last June, when the Pacers traded George to the Thunder for Oladipo, and second-year big man Domantas Sabonis and almost everyone in the National Basketball Association world questioned whether the Pacers had gotten enough for their superstar forward. "They still don't believe". "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too".

Oladipo is a superstar and now everybody can see why on this "magnified" stage. Nor would you have known it based on the team's subdued reaction as they exited the largely empty arena - most of the sellout crowd was already on their way home well before the final buzzer sounded - on Sunday and made their way back to the locker room. "When you don't, you saw what he's capable of".

IN "could've done better than it did" in the Paul George trade, Gilbert said last summer, a odd shot that made Oladipo collateral damage after he and Domantas Sabonis were flipped for George. "You could say it added fuel to the fire. Can't control his opinion".

Oladipo seems thrilled to be back in Indiana.

In the late game, league MVP candidate James Harden exploded for 44 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101. Lue expects Hill to be good for Wednesday. 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. Myles Turner gathered 16 points and eight rebounds while Bojan Bogdanovic soldiered his way to 15 points.

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