Cavaliers face Pacers in first round of playoffs

  • Cavaliers face Pacers in first round of playoffs

Cavaliers face Pacers in first round of playoffs

Toronto is the top seed and its duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry dearly craves its chance to take down the Cavs in a likely semifinal round series. The Cavaliers had trimmed the Pacers' 21-point lead to 42-32 in the second quarter before in closed the half strong.

After drafting Embiid third in 2014 and spending the first overall selection on Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz in each of the last two drafts, the Sixers cracked the 50-win mark for the first time since 2000-01. The Pacers actually had the better point differential during the regular season and won the head-to-head series 3-1, although those four games were played before the trade deadline.

Lue has a lot of decisions to make in regards to his rotation, but plans to go with LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jeff Green and George Hill as his starters.

Oladipo has become one of the NBA's rising stars, and after being a role player in Oklahoma City, he's Indiana's main attraction and looked like a seasoned star on the playoff stage. And my model can't account for playoff LeBron. While things are certainly different this time around, the Cavaliers are without superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, and IN is without a star of their own IN small forward Paul George. "It's a good matchup and we look forward to the challenge". Cleveland's struggles covered all facets of the shooting department as they were only eight of 34 from beyond the arc and 12 of 20 from the charity stripe in the game. The incomparable, 33-year old James has owned the conference for what seems like forever. So expect a competitive series between the teams.

The Miami Heat, the No. 2 seed that season, lost to the No. 7 seed New York Knicks in Game 4 of the first round. Cleveland has posted a 36-5 record in the East playoffs over the last three seasons.

The Celtics are still benefiting here from their strong start with Kyrie Irving in the lineup. We project him for 57.4 FD points in Game 2.

Still, let's not go overboard here.

For it's been a season of stranger things, and none has sunk them yet. Since then, those teams are 0-7 and none have forced a Game 7.

On the other side, it was a one-man show as James had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Philadelphia enters the playoffs on a 16-game winning streak, but be wary of reading too much into recent performance.

Sunday afternoon's Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers game gets started at 3:30 PM. Going back to the 2012 playoffs, IN is 7-16 against LeBron James, with one series going to seven games and anothe being a sweep.

During an interview with ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Love said he's trying not to focus on the possibility but also acknowledge the potential importance of postseason success on LeBron James' upcoming free-agent decision.

And why not, The Monster will get the benefit of the doubt on ever whistle and he is still the best player in the world. Remarkably, John Wall did not play in any of the four matchups. "We just want to make sure that we have a point guard on the floor with him, knowing that Cory Joseph picks up full court and tries to disrupt the point guard on the opposing team". I think even with the new guys getting experience, younger guys getting experience and our savvy veterans stepping up to play, I think we have a really good shot.