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Pacers stun LeBron's Cavs in NBA Playoffs

Pacers stun LeBron's Cavs in NBA Playoffs

The Bucks, who have not won a National Basketball Association playoff series since 2001, have been losers in seven consecutive first-round playoff series. IN won the opening game of the series 98-80 on Sunday afternoon. It is fantastic to me that Tristan Thompson only played two minutes this game. "You can't ease into the playoffs". Under coach Nate McMillan, the Pacers struck the right balance between relishing their role as David versus Goliath while also comporting themselves as if they belonged on the big stage, despite their youth and unexpected success. They were more physical, more energetic and more composed. In the last five, the Cleveland Cavaliers or Miami Heat had swept the first round with James at the lead.

The 2018 NBA Playoffs kicked-off over the weekend and it has been action-packed so far.

Adversity is always relative for LeBron James. Fans might be, but he isn't.

"I'm down 0-1 in the first round", he said.

James 7-17 10-14 24, Green 0-7 0-0 0, Love 3-8 0-1 9, Hill 3-7 0-0 7, Hood 4-8 0-2 9, Nance Jr. "I'm the last guy to ask how you're going to feel the next couple days".

With 1:06 remaining in the third quarter the Cavaliers came closest to obtaining the lead for the first time of the contest, cutting the Pacers lead to seven points.

James led all players with 44 minutes played, none more entertaining than when he was matched up against his old foe, Lance Stephenson. It awakened the dozing crowd. That wasn't entirely surprising, given that only three of James's teammates-Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson-have been in Cleveland since 2015.

There were many culprits.

This is why the idea that this particular Cavs team could be eliminated early and deny LeBron an eighth straight Finals appearance holds some serious water this spring. Marcus Morris scored 21 off the bench while Jaylen Brown netted 20 and Jayson Tatum contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics. On top of that, Hill has a back injury.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston. Defensively, I thought he did some good things. Jeff Green played 27 minutes and did not score a single point. IN was edged 44-42 on the boards and clanked 10 of their 25 three point attempts in the contest. That put James at point guard even longer, keeping him out of the post where he looked capable of doing more damage, while limiting his downhill assaults on the rim.

Lue's crew regrouped enough to win the second quarter 24-22, but they still trailed by 17 at the half, and less than a minute into the second half, an exasperated Lue called timeout after the Pacers scored on uncontested dunks on their first two possessions. We gotta hit some free throws as well. The talking head shows Monday morning is going to have a field day with the outcome of Game 1 of the Cavs-Pacers series.

Oladipo finished with six made 3-pointers and stole the ball from James twice. Irving made the game-winning shot in Game 7.

"The [Pacers] came in and dictated the tempo, they were more aggressive", James said. We gave up 98 points, but 80 is not gonna cut it. "We didn't take shots", Lue said. "We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting". "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too". They took advantage of everything we wanted to do. The Pacers are for real.

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