Victor Oladipo has 32 points as Pacers stun Cavaliers in Game 1
Victor Oladipo has 32 points as Pacers stun Cavaliers in Game 1
Victor Oladipo had himself quite a game in Game 1 versus the Cavs
16 April, 2018, 11:54
Victor Oladipo looked every bit the All Star he is, pouring down 32 points, six rebounds, four assists, and four steals in 36 minutes of play.
It's the continuation of a first-round Eastern Conference playoff matchup between a pair of Central Division rivals. This is the first time James lost Game 1 of a first-round series and his first loss in a first-round series since May 6, 2012 (snapping a string of 21 wins)."I've always stayed even keeled with the postseason", James said.
"I'm down 0-1 in the first round", James said. "And we realize it's not going to be easy". So, we take it as everybody has to dig deep and not lose two of them on our home floor."Jeff Green's a vet with playoff experience. We're planning on winning". The Pacers won all three overtime games they played this year. "Not just come in here and be OK".
Today was the biggest stage the Pacers have played on this season, the Sunday afternoon ABC slot for Indiana's opening playoff game in Cleveland. And most of what they did worked. But the Cavs' A game is still better than that of any team in the East, which will become obvious over the course of a seven-game series no matter which team they take on between now and June. Turner on Green meant Kevin Love had to cope with more mobile Thaddeus Young.
Hill sustained a bruised back when he was hit from behind on a screen by Indiana's Trevor Booker.
Gilbert was one of several people who criticized the Pacers for the package they got in return for Paul George, which was headlined by Oladipo. 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. I was down 3-1 in the Finals".
LeBron James had a triple-double, with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. "Just running the floor more, playing with pace, rebound the basketball because he's playing the big, just playing with more energy".
"They were more physical and more aggressive than us, and in the playoffs, those teams win", Lue said. They were more precise in what they wanted to do. "We just gotta shoot the ball and if you make it, you make it, and if you miss, you miss".
As his game continues to develop into an effective sidekick for James, teams will continue to struggle defending him. Oladipo certainly made the Pacers worth watching in Game 1.
The LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers lost their first game versus the Indiana Pacers - the first time James lost a first-round game since joining the Cavs as a number one pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. "I thought he made good decisions out there on the floor", IN coach Nate McMillan said of his star guard.
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. You're going to give up something. "You're going to have to be clear about what you need to do, and connected out there".
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