Now, the fun part starts as the Cavaliers tip off the postseason with Game 1 of their First Round matchup against IN on Sunday afternoon at The Q.
Of the Cavs' new additions, Jordan Clarkson had the most success against IN, dropping a season-high 33 points on 14-of-19 shooting IN a Los Angeles Lakers 99-86 win on January 19. The Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Eastern Conference quarterfinals, game one.
The teams will play Game 2 on Wednesday night in Cleveland. Indicative of the Cavs' shooting struggles was the fact that Love was held scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:51 left in the half.
"Kevin's just being Kevin", coach Tyronn Lue said Friday after practice. This year will look quite a bit different, however, as Cleveland no longer has three of their top five scorers (Irving, Deron Williams, and Channing Frye) from that series and IN no longer has their top two (Paul George and Jeff Teague). "I didn't have March Madness", he said, because he didn't play in college.6. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs.
The Cavs have cruised to three straight finals after lackluster regular seasons where they only secured the number one seed once.
Let's take a look at who you should target on today's main slate, which starts at 1:00 PM EST and contains all four playoff games. "He just has to be great for us, and I think he will". It was simply a continuation of what Oladipo had done in the regular season - that is, grow into a true star and the leader of a playoff team.
IN led by as many as 23 points and held the Cavs to the lowest points at home this term. There wasn't much to talk about offensively for the Cavaliers in the contest: LeBron James continued his solid play as he posted a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. James will attempt to get another first round streak going then. Victor Oladipo has been one the league's best two-way players, Myles Turner-while inconsistent this year-has stretches of dominance, and the Pacers can be really solid on both ends of the court when they're clicking. This will be Cleveland's first game with all its players healthy and available since the February 8th trades. The Cavs shot.275 from 3 against the Pacers (38-of-138).
"They came in and dictated the tempo, were more aggressive", James said. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game. He's 48-7 lifetime in first-round playoff games, with 21 consecutive wins.