Indiana Pacers: 3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Cavaliers

Indiana Pacers: 3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Cavaliers

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.

Cavaliers star LeBron James is still confident about his side's chances in the National Basketball Association playoffs despite a shock Game 1 defeat to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland All-Star Small Forward LeBron James earned a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. Kevin Love chipped in nine points, 17 rebounds, and two assists but it wasn't enough to help them get the W. The Cavs trailed all throughout the game, with the Pacers leading by 23 points at one point.

"They came in and dictated the tempo, were more aggressive", James said.

If you've ever paid attention to Bill Simmons various gambling do's and don't's, you know that rule No. 1 is to always be tired of the "Nobody believes in us" team.

With his seventh field goal of the night James passed Michael Jordan for the most postseason field goals in league history, and now resides in second place with 2,189 scores in the playoffs. "That first quarter set the tone". However, each surge by the Cavs was countered by the Pacers, who ended up taking a 55-38 lead into halftime.

He was also fouled on the play, but he missed the free throw.

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The Cavaliers were 8-of-34 from behind the 3-point line.

"I think everybody is going to be a lot calmer and a lot more precise in what we want to do. They (the Pacers) going to push the ball at any and every opportunity they got and we have to be ready for that attack".

"You can't ease into the play-offs", said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers were in solid form themselves as they had won six of their last eight regular season games but they just didn't come out with that sense of urgency and found themselves trailing by 20 points in the blink of an eye.

Rozier, making his first playoff start, sank a three-pointer with a half-second remaining to give Boston the lead but Middleton drilled another equalizer from halfway between the arc and half-court at the final buzzer to force over-time at 99-99. That allowed Cleveland to forge a 25-7 run to make it 70-63 with 1:06 left in the period and when the quarter ended, in had led by a 73-65 score. I know that he will rally his teammates and make sure that he makes a deep run this postseason. "If we could bottle that third quarter up and part of the fourth, the way we played, with intensity, diving on the floor, we'll be good". He had averaged more than 27 points per game in the playoffs for the Pacers the past two years. The Pacers did force 16 Cleveland turnovers but after cashing in on them early to jump out to that big lead, they got a bit complacent.

Things have been as hard for the Cavaliers this season as they've ever been during LeBron James' tenure with the team. Maybe that's all the 98-80 loss was. "We'll make some adjustments and be a lot better".

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Cleveland at 7 pm.

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