We'll look at IN going up against Cleveland IN this piece IN a matchup which ended 3-1 IN favor of the Pacers IN the regular season. As for Boston, it seems to be screwed due to injuries despite having the two seed and its long odds to reach the NBA Finals indicate that. The big trade that brought in George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson came after the season series was wrapped up.
"Kevin's just being Kevin", coach Tyronn Lue said Friday after practice.
Game 2 of the Cavaliers-Pacers series isn't until April 18. No one does, really, except Lance Stephenson about four times a year.
The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs. The Heat went on to win that series in five games.
The Indiana Pacers pulled off the impossible Sunday. When the Cavs win this series, James will move out of a tie with Shaquille O'Neal and into first place with a unprecedented 13-0 first-round record.
While I am not surprised by James' ability to get triple doubles as his game has evolved, it was definitely surprising to learn that he has never played all 82 games before. We project him for 57.4 FD points in Game 2. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo (32 points) or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.
This past year, the former IN star ranked ninth IN the league IN scoring (23.1 ppg) and first IN steals (2.36 spg) - topping the 20-point plateau on 51 occasions, including 12 games with 30 or more.
On the other side, it was a one-man show as James had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds. IN also won the season series topping Cleveland in three out of their four meetings - although these two teams haven't faced each other since that trade deadline blockbuster deal.
This weekend, it's the Pacers and the Cavaliers in the playoffs again. It's not the first playoff game for LeBron James. In four meetings with the Celts during the regular season, the Greek Freak averaged 33.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Stephenson also hit LeBron on the head twice during the game.
Myles Turner had 16 points and eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic ended with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals and Lance Stephenson scored 12 points off the bench for IN, which shot nearly 46-percent IN the win. The team's best shot at success will ultimately be throwing as many bodies as possible at James and hoping it wears him down. Cleveland was down 19 after the opening quarter and despite their best efforts, couldn't throw a serious scare into IN the rest of the way. Irreconcilable differences created in the heated exchange that began January 22 when Thomas and Wade called out Love for missing a game and a practice because he was sick, with no further explanation.