Pacers deal LeBron 1st-ever loss in playoff opener

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"We believe that we can win", Oladipo said. "You can't ease into the playoffs".

"You can't ease into the game".

Or perhaps the adjustments they make will simply be in their level of aggression, as Stephenson theorized. Sunday's opening round loss against the Pacers is the first time since April 22, 2010 the Cavaliers have lost in the first round dating back to when the Bulls beat the Cavs in Chicago.

"They played more physical than we did and it showed", Smith said". Well, if we are hoping for LeBron to arrive in Los Angeles anytime soon, we should be hoping for an abnormally early exit for James and the Cavaliers. The real reason that I am confident in the Cavs is because at the end of the day one team has LeBron and the other one does not. I wouldn't blame them for their overconfidence, considering the fact that LeBron has made the finals seven years in a row. "So I'm the last guy to ask about what I'm gonna be like the next couple days". The Cavaliers have plenty of time to get their minds right.

The Pacers jumped ahead 33-14 after the first quarter and led by as much as 23 in holding off the Cavs, who came no closer than seven points the rest of the way. It awakened the dozing crowd.

Minnesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left.

There were many culprits. Even veteran Jeff Green struggled badly as he went scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting. He was 0-for-7 shooting and grabbled only four rebounds while playing 26:31. Kevin Love only shot 2 shots inside the arc, which is completely unacceptable for a big man. LeBron will also get on his starters because no one in the starting lineup besides LeBron scored more than 10 points. On top of that, Hill has a back injury.

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Cavaliers: James surpassed Michael Jordan (2,188) for the second-most made field goals in playoff history. "You always hear people say in the regular season, sometimes it's a 'playoff-type atmosphere.' Eh, you can't simulate that". Defensively, I thought he did some good things.

The Cavs coughed up 20 points off 17 turnovers and was 8-of-34 from 3-point range.

While some fans are getting their first look at Oladipo, the Pacers have seen this before. While the Cavaliers' shooting from the field improved during the quarter, they again delivered some self-inflicted wounds by missing five free throws in the period.

The Cavs are good enough to overcome a 0-1 deficit to the Indiana Pacers. The teams split two previous playoff series with the Cavaliers holding a 5-4 edge in game victories.

James has often said Game 1 of a playoff is a feel-out game.

The 27-year-old was greeted with a chorus of boos during the previous game, a 98-110 loss to the New York Knicks. We're fully aware of his team, and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're just going to come in here and just fold. "We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting". We tried to contain him as best we could.

"They came in and they attacked us and they were aggressive". If we make them, we make them.

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