Love, in fact, didn't score his first points until hitting a 3-pointer with 1:53 to play in the first half. Oladipo dropped 32 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists and had four steals.
"That's not getting shot up", Middleton said. He had small guys on him and he was floating out for a three. "He has to be more aggressive". We knew coming into Sunday that IN was going to cause trouble for the Cavs, and likely push the series to at least five games.
Throughout the year, the Pacers have proven many doubters wrong.
"They're trying to be physical with him on his post-ups, but he's seen it a lot of times before". There was a lot of uncertainty and no clarity from Day One and that hurt us from being a better team than we could've been. "He has to be aggressive when he gets it".
Fast forward to the playoffs, and the Pacers just woke everyone up to how good they are, as they took Game in, in Cleveland, to take a 1-0 series lead against the Cavs.
Meanwhile, Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics overcame Khris Middleton's long three that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime to open their National Basketball Association playoff matchup.
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It will be up to him to get the offense going early, be a leader on the defensive side to frustrate the Pacers to set the tone, and help the Cavaliers grab momentum of the game and series. "We talked about that today. being aggressive early, setting the tone, especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along". "They didn't think we would get this far and they didn't think we was going to win that many games".
"That's just how the game was being played", James said after totaling 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. Not one player in the Pacers locker room seemed to be satisfied with this win, which is exactly what you want if you are a Pacers fan.
It is not to say that Hood has not been effective in his starting role, but the Cavs need more production on the offensive end in order to win games.
"(James) felt good, his body felt good", Lue said. He's in a good place.
Gilbert's remark got back to Oladipo, who said Sunday that he was "aware of it". Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs.
Furthermore, according to BasketballReference.com, LeBron has never lost a Game 1 in the first round.
The young and hungry Pacers blitzed the Cavs from the jump, building a 19-point lead at the end of the first quarter, a number that went down to just 17 by the end of the second quarter. "That's where they thrive". That's what happens when only one of your games is shown on national TV, you're playing in a mid-market city and you appeared to throw away the future by trading away your biggest star, Paul George, last summer. It was a game that kind of got out of hand early.