Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Oladipo scores 32 as Pacers stun LeBron, Cavs

Still, an engaged Stephenson is good for the Pacers.

The Cavaliers host the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series on Sunday.

James hasn't lost a single game in the first round for six years and is a ideal 12-0 since returning to Cleveland in 2014. The Cavs are a team that feature star power and a bench full of players that start on other teams, which suggests that the Pacers have to stay healthy during the series to stay competitive.

The Indiana Pacers look to make an early statement in this series after being one of the bigger surprises in the season already. They were more physical, more energetic and more composed. "We'll make some adjustments and be a lot better".

Love missed 23 games to injury, but averaged 17.6 points and a team-best 9.3 rebounds. It's when James shines most. What makes that feat even more remarkable is the fact he accomplished it in his 15th National Basketball Association season. But to first get there, they have to put up a dominant performance against the Pacers. "You could give it (the MVP award) to him every year, but it wouldn't be fair to everyone else".

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - With the playoffs just days away, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue typically would have his lineup rotations set by now.

Oladipo averaged 25.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and made 17 of his 36 three-pointers (47.2 percent) in the four games against Cleveland.

This will be the second consecutive season in which the Cavaliers will play the Pacers in the playoffs.

He has not lost a first-round playoff game since an 89-87 defeat to the New York Knicks in Game 4 in 2012, and James then began that winning streak with 29 points to eliminate them in Game 5.

"He definitely understands that, going to The Finals, that the quicker you can get a series over and get some rest is the best way to do it", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. "We're going to have to bring those other guys along, but there's nothing better than just throwing yourself into it".

"My responsibility has been the same for quite a while now: Go out and try to dominate".

That's never easy, but it's been particularly hard in the first round of the playoffs. With Irving gone, Kevin Love has become Cleveland's second-most important player. For #LeBron James and Cleveland, they're looking to regain their dominance in the East once again by getting past a first-round opponent. I think at the end of the day, we would love to have a long run, but that's going to be up to not only him but all of us. "I feel like we're a really tough out".

There are few players who can somewhat effectively guard James one-on-one, and not one of them is employed by the Pacers.

Turner's struggles continued as he went 1 of 8 from the field and finished with two points in 20 minutes. Their two offense-only subs - Jose Calderon and Kyle Korver - were a combined 0-of-6.

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