Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

Annette Crawford
April 16, 2018

The roller coaster that was the 2017-18 regular season came to a three-day stop after the Wine & Gold wrapped up another 50-win season and Central Division crown.

The playoff rivalry between LeBron James and Indiana Pacers forward Lance Stephenson was renewed in Sunday afternoon's Game 1 between the Cavs and Pacers. As for Boston, it seems to be screwed due to injuries despite having the two seed and its long odds to reach the NBA Finals indicate that. The Pacers were one of the biggest surprises of the season, jumping from 42 to 48 wins after trading face of the franchise Paul George last summer.

"My responsibility has been the same for quite a while now: Go out and try to dominate", James said after practice Saturday, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. In series like this where the lower seed had an advantage in point differential between 0.5 and 1.5 points per game, they've won 41 percent of best-of-seven series since 2000.

With the Cavs sitting 3rd in the conference for much of the season, it didn't look as if this matchup was likely. The Pacers will look to get more from guys like Darren Collison, Domantas Sabonis and Thaddeus Young as the series wears on.

The Indiana Pacers aren't particularly great at anything, but they're pretty good at a lot of things. As his game continues to develop into an effective sidekick for James, teams will continue to struggle defending him. IN managed to get some revenge after failing to win a game against the Cavaliers in 2017.

However, the Cavaliers stormed back and ended the quarter on a 24-10 run. The Pacers do not have a chance in this series and they will be vanquished in similar fashion as last season.

Oladipo was very good against the Cavs this year as well - averaging 25.0 points on 44 percent shooting in four contests. Lue won't say whether Korver will start or play off the bench. The Cavaliers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.

Those are just some of the questions lingering around the opening of the National Basketball Association playoffs this weekend. A lot of this, of course, depends on Lebron James and if he is on top of his game, the Cavs should win. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

James went over 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, and 700 assists for the season.

He's also never lost the opening game of a series, which bodes well for his latest Cavs group [VIDEO].

Despite his usual antics, Stephenson put together an impressive game, scoring 12 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Best of all: We still have at least three more games of this. It starts with LeBron James being an incredible talent and ends with "the Cavaliers have a awful roster and they can't play defense". Irreconcilable differences created in the heated exchange that began January 22 when Thomas and Wade called out Love for missing a game and a practice because he was sick, with no further explanation.

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