Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Pacers upset Cavs in opener

Pacers upset Cavs in opener

It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been flawless starting the postseason.

"We did, as far as in the pick-and-roll game", Lue said. So, I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple days."Game 1 a learning experienceThis was also the first playoff game for Nance and Jordan Clarkson and the first playoff start for Rodney Hood".

But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday night's Game 2 will be on the struggles of Cleveland's playoff newcomers, James isn't anxious.

"I've always stayed at an even keel with the postseason", he said. He knows how to get it done in the postseason and has shown that he can comeback from leads, like he did in the 2016 finals when he came back from a 3-1 deficit.

"We've been there so many times this season", explained Myles Turner. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. The Pacers are the lucky team to take on LeBron James first, but is his team as unsafe as they've been recently?

The Cavaliers had their lowest-scoring first period of the season and only five baskets with six turnovers in the opening quarter, drawing boos as they walked off at half-time trailing 59-38. It is unbelievable to me that Tristan Thompson only played two minutes this game. He's already shut up critics through his play this year.

In Houston, Harden led a big fourth-quarter run as the top-seeded Rockets held off the Timberwolves in game one.

The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs. Cleveland chipped away thanks to a triple-double from LeBron.

"They came in and dictated the tempo, were more aggressive", James said. They were more physical, more energetic and more composed.

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Cleveland went just 8 of 34 on 3-pointers and missed eight of 20 free throws.

The Cavaliers looked like a mish-mashed group of new faces, some of whom may have been taken aback by the playoff intensity, rather than a team that is seeking to make its fourth straight Finals.

The Cavaliers got their playoff campaign off to a shaky start against the Pacers, losing Game 1, 98-80, marking the first time LeBron James had lost a first-round game since 2012.

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. Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs, and Indiana's players are battling critics who say they can't compete with Cleveland. "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do", the coach said. "They still don't believe".

"They came in and they attacked us".

With Victor Oladipo leading the charge, the Pacers managed to secure a berth in the playoffs.

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