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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview And Prediction

NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview And Prediction

In it, NC State guard Dereck Whittenburg calls 7-4 Virginia center Ralph Sampson, "The Monster". "We'll defend him like we did in the regular season".

The Pacers and Cavs square off on Sunday at 3:30 in Cleveland for game one.

Hill played on those Pacers teams that were eliminated in three straight postseasons by James and the Miami Heat.

Can it be done?

"If we're playing with pace and pushing the basketball, a five's first instinct is to get back to the basket", Lue said.

The Indiana Pacers were not expected to be competing in the playoffs.

Lue stated as well that he will continue to use Jordan Clarkson as the primary sixth man, who is the only rotation player on the roster that hasn't started a game since being traded to Cleveland by the Los Angeles Lakers.

He led the Pacers in rebounding playing off the bench, making us wonder if he is the center of the future.

The Cavaliers win if they flip the switch.

They won 21 road games. In their four-game sweep over IN, the Cavs averaged 112.8 points, their fourth-highest scoring average ever recorded IN a single series (120.4 vs. BOS IN 2017 ECF, 116.3 vs. TOR IN 2017 Semifinals & 114.8 vs. GSW IN 2017 Finals).

NBA odds: Who will win the 2018 NBA Championship? On eight occasions, they rallied from at least 15 points down to pull wins from the ashes. Tipoff in Game 1 from Quicken Loans Arena is at 3:30 p.m. (ET). The Cavs still feature the best player on the floor in the series, but they don't feature the same type of team that the Pacers do.

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"The past is the past for a reason", Victor Oladipo said following practice on Friday.

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As for Cleveland's reserves, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon are in the rotational mix, with forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. being used depending on whom in has on the floor.

So for the fourth time in recent memory the Pacers will be faced with the task of facing a LeBron-led team. Meanwhile, the Pacers have a 2.4 chance of winning the conference and 1.0 percent chance to reach the Finals.

The three previous first-round matchups have seen the Cavaliers come up with a four-game sweep each time, reinforcing the idea that they get the job done when it counts. Their 110.9 points per game was their second-highest scoring average in franchise history (114.1, 1979-80).

But there was that Monster to deal with. James is battle-tested enough to avoid again falling into a similar trap.

The fourth-seeded Cavs will host the fifth-seed IN in a best-of-seven series. With the ability to lock in on one opponent for weeks at a time, Lue becomes far more hands on with his team's plans during the postseason. The presumed Most Improved Player of the Year has been the team's unquestioned best player.

If anything, the Pacers are due against LeBron.

"Mentally and physically, I'm where I should be right now", James added.

The Pacers, who play like a team not a group of individuals who care more about a paycheck than winning games, will make this a series, unlike what George could do for IN a year ago. Right now, how I feel, I feel where I need to be and I'm healthy going into the postseason-as healthy as you can be going into the postseason.

"He's getting better", Lue said of Korver, who also missed time recently following his brother's death.


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