National Basketball Association play-offs: Cavaliers shocked by Pacers

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

In addition, James believes the intensity of a playoff game compared to a regular season game is what caused the Cavaliers to lose the first game of the series.

"Listen, it's fun", James said of Stephenson.

"I think we came out there, we punched them in the mouth that first game", Turner said.

Game 2 takes place at the Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday as James and company look to peg the series back to 1-1.

"Right now, I'm focused on game two", said Oladipo. Following that contest, the series shifts to Indianapolis for games on Friday and Sunday night. At the end of the day you've just got to go out there and do what you do."Hill, Love hurtCavaliers point guard George Hill hurt his back when he was crushed from behind on a screen by Trevor Booker in the second quarter".

A 21-point lead in the first quarter came with LeBron taking just one shot from the field. The Pacers forced 16 Cavs turnovers, and held Cleveland to just 38.5 shooting from the field.

When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn't celebrate or run around the floor like they accomplished anything special. Usually in playoffs, those teams win", coach Tyronn Lue said."They were more aggressive". We can't just take Game 1 and say we don't have to (make) any improvements. We've been playing our butts off on both ends of the floor all year. The Cavs did not lead for one second the entire game and the last time IN did not lead was with 8:36 remaining IN the first quarter. The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series 97-92 and won three of the four meetings this season: Cleveland took a 115-108 home win in the last matchup on January 26.

However, LeBron tallied his 20th career triple double in the playoffs. "Like I told you guys, you always ask me, 'Is there anything you can tell them [about the playoffs]?' Listen, experience is the best teacher, and they got it today", James said. Just when it looked like LeBron and the Pacers were ready to play out an old familiar script, IN stepped on the gas and turned things into a blowout. "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too". The Cavs stormed back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71.

The slights are nothing new to the Pacers, nor their star player, Victor Oladipo, who is still fueled by comments Cavs' owner, Dan Gilbert made several months ago. However, the Game 1 loss snapped LeBron's 21-game win streak in the first round of the playoffs.

The 33-year-old is trying to get to his eighth straight Finals.

"The oldest National Basketball Association playoff cliche snaked its way into the Cavaliers" locker room Sunday.Hasn't been around these parts much, because, well, losing Game 1 of a first-round series is not something they do.

The Indiana Pacers are used to being dismissed. 1-10: LeBron James. The Cavs have also played better than the Pacers with their playoff rotations on the court.

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