Why you shouldn't overreact to Cleveland's Game 1 Loss to the Pacers


Game 1 went to the Pacers as IN soundly defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on their home court 98-80. Victor Oladipo had his fingerprints all over this game as he drained six threes to lead the team with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

James scored 24 with 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career triple-double in the post-season. After draining just six of 25 from three-point range last postseason with the Thunder, Oladipo made six of nine from deep.

The Indiana Pacers were in great form as they had won eight of their last 11 regular season games before pulling off the upset in a 98-80 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, James Harden scored 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting with eight assists to help the Rockets escape game one with a 104-101 win over the Timberwolves. Overall, the Pacers will be satisfied with their performance as they simply outhustled the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor and there was just no running them down. Pacers won the game 98-80 to take a 1-0 series lead. His first appearance on the court that game also went unannounced over the PA, apparently to mitigate any further booing. The Pacers were the hungrier team. That's why we came to play this game is to win, not just to come here and just be OK.

"We were pleased with all of the looks we were getting", shooting guard Rodney Hood said.

Rockets centre Clint Capela had 24 points and 12 rebounds while Andre Wiggins led five Timberwolves players in double figure with 18 points. While the Cavaliers will undoubtedly play better in Game 2, the fact remains that the Pacers have had their number this season.

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"They were more aggressive", James said. The teams split two previous playoff series with the Cavaliers holding a 5-4 edge in game victories. He shot an impressive 6-of-9 from the three-point country while the entire Cavaliers roster were tied down to only eight threes. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round.

LeBron's got a history of "balling out" against Lance and the Pacers, so it sounds like we should just get the popcorn ready for Wednesday. "We'll see what they're going to do".

Antetokounmpo made one of two foul shots with 14.8 seconds left, but he fouled out of the game while going for the rebound on his miss. James did not record a point until making a free throw with 1:52 remaining in the first quarter, as he did his best to get his teammates going on the offensive end. If Cleveland can't get their shooting in order, they could be in some trouble. "I think it's important that we get off to a good start, as we did last night, and not allow them to run us out of the building early". The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston come calling. In the final minute of the first quarter, he caught the ball at the top of the key and drove down the lane, rising up over Cleveland forward Jeff Green for a vicious right-handed dunk that gave IN a 30-10 lead.

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