LeBron James gets smoked in Game 1 stunner

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers

"I guess it's good to be wanted". Victor Oladipo is the guy to thank for that, and he's been excellent. It seemed that LeBron acted like a clean swipe by Stephenson was flagrant, which prompted a long review.

Sabonis showed the savvy and toughness that his old man displayed while playing for years in Portland. Kyrie Irving, now a member of the Boston Celtics, was already on the team, and Love was the centerpiece of a three-team trade involving the Cavaliers, 76ers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. Won 19 of 21 games over November and December. It was only the fourth time in the history of the franchise that in had a winning road record (21-20).

The Cavaliers are among the worst defensive teams in the National Basketball Association, making them more vulnerable to an early-round upset than ever before.

Why Will the Cavs Win? IN came in 15-6 in the playoffs when it wins the opener. The Pacers shot 47.6 percent from the field and made half of their 14 first-half threes.

Can the Pacers "shock the world"--a phrase they dropped several times after Thursday's practice? To be precise, the Pacers faced the Cavs 4-times during the regular season and ended up winning 3 of those matchups. But the new-look Cavs are very different than those teams IN played before the All-Star break. The unknown is something that you try to just put out of your hands for a certain amount of time. Coach Tyronne Lue started Hood over Kyle Korver, who has lingering soreness in his right foot and was on a minutes' restriction.

In two home matchups against the Pacers this season, the Cavs dropped the first meeting by 17 - with IN connecting on 62 percent of its three-point attempts before taking the series finale on January 26 - holding on for the seven-point win.

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on.

But there was that Monster to deal with. The Pacers broke that streak Sunday, beating James and the Cavs 98-80. The Indiana Pacers have a team full of roughriders and won't enter this series intimated one bit. But the Cavs can be suspect defensively.

Sure, I know that Vegas and the sports pundits give the Blue and Gold no chance to even make it a series.

The best way to ensure scoring runs is to get out on the break and play at a high tempo.

They next come up against the Pacers, again in Cleveland, on Wednesday night.

Cleveland swept Toronto in last year's playoffs, and they defeated the Raptors in two games toward the end of this season. Listen, it's going to be a very good matchup.

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