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Three Improvements for Pacers in Game Two

Three Improvements for Pacers in Game Two

His lone 3-pointer in six attempts created a six-point swing because it came after Rodney Hood missed a 3 and gave in a 17-point lead with 7:28 to play and effectively ended the game.

A driving rain and cold temperatures saw to that. The Cavs have gone on to win the series four times when trailing 0-1, most recently the 2016 NBA Finals.

Cleveland is 50-33 SU, but they are just 32-50-1 ATS.

"I would say our intensity, at least until we got hit in the mouth that first quarter, it didn't quite feel like, I guess, the playoffs", Cavs forward Kevin Love said. "Just getting out there, especially when I got the first dunk, I was fine. We can be better". Vegas tends to place the total high when the Pacers are involved, as 59.0 percent of their games have finished under the total. Game 2 is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Cleveland.

Oladipo outscored George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jose Calderon, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith combined on his own, while Myles Turner and Bojan Bogdanovic were two other starters for IN who totaled 15 points or more. Eventually, they did manage to cut the lead to seven points in the fourth, before another spurt by Victor Oladipo and company put them back up by 17 successfully putting the game out of reach. They forced the Cavs into 17 turnovers.

In games where they allow below 100 points, IN is 27-4 and Cleveland is 16-4. Counting the regular season, the Pacers have beaten the Cavs four of the last five games.

"They underestimate us", said IN reserve Lance Stephenson, who scored 12 points.

This is even a new experience for LeBron James as he has never been in this position in his career.

In those four games James has averaged a modest 20.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds and 6.8 assists.

Cleveland also had a few players make their playoff debuts in Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., with the latter providing a good spark off the bench with ten points and five rebounds.

Coach Tyronn Lue has been tight-lipped about any possible lineup changes, but the squad has had a fluid rotation all season long - and for the first time, everyone is healthy and ready to go. "So coming out, set the tone early, be able to call plays that feature him early to be aggressive". Bojan Bogdanovic had a odd Game 1. Collison went 1-4 from deep and 2-9 overall.

During the regular season, Hood averaged 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.7 steals over 21 games with the Cavaliers. Although it wasn't good enough to beat the Cavs for the No. 4 spot in the conference, it was more than good enough to get the franchise into the postseason. "There's some things that we can improve on that I was looking at in the film".

The Pacers played good defense, yes, but the Cavaliers also missed a lot of open looks. "We can be a whole lot better".


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