Cavaliers rocked in playoff opener


The Cleveland Cavaliers look to level the series when they host the Indiana Pacers at the Quicken Loans Arena in Game 2 on Wednesday. But we're certainly dealing with the same LeBron James.

Turns out, there was something new.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came out and lost Game 1 of their playoff series against the Pacers; and they lost pretty convincingly. That's what we're focused on: "taking it one game at a time, trying to win every game".

"You always hear people say in the regular season, sometimes it's a "play-off-type atmosphere".

"LeBron isn't concerned with the Cavs' situation: "I'm down 0-1 in the first round". "So I'm the last guy to ask about what I'm gonna be like the next couple days".

IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third.

As a team, they shot just 8-of-33 (23.5 percent) from the 3-point line, and just 38.5 percent from the field.

They calmly walked off, business as usual.

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Oladipo was absolutely filthy, going off for 32 in his first Pacer playoff game. "I think next game we'll be relaxed, we'll come out and we'll play a lot better". Following that contest, the series shifts to Indianapolis for games on Friday and Sunday night.

James had his 98th career double-double, and 20th career double as the four time MVP finished the day leading the Cavs in points (24) and assists (12). Kevin Love only shot 2 shots inside the arc, which is completely unacceptable for a big man. LeBron will also get on his starters because no one in the starting lineup besides LeBron scored more than 10 points. I mean it is no surprise that they started slow because most of their team has little playoff experience. That's why we came to play this game is to win, not just to come here and just be OK.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs.

National Basketball Association fans have commented on Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson's notable lack of playing time in today's playoffs loss to the Indiana Pacers, speculating that his omission may have something to do with the scandal engulfing his personal life. The Cavs were no match to the Pacers, as the latter torched to an 18-point win, 98-80, in their first post-season showdown. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. The Pacers jumped all over Cleveland early and withstood the Cavaliers' attempts to rally.

There was no signature moment in the Lance & LeBron saga on Sunday, but Stephenson did guard James for significant stretches of Sunday's game. "They still don't believe".

"We're going to find out", James said.

"We've been playing like this all year", he said. 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. Now everybody sees, so it's like, it's kind of shocking to everybody, I guess you could say.

Oladipo said Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert provided him with extra motivation, citing his offseason remark that IN should have received better talent from Oklahoma City IN return for Paul George.