IN won the opening game of the series 98-80 on Sunday afternoon. Expected to be named the Most Improved Player in the National Basketball Association, he showed his athleticism and ability to dominate on both ends of the floor throughout Sunday's game. This is also the first time the Cavs have lost Game 1 in the first round since 1998, also against the Pacers.
"You can't ease into the game".
"They were more physical and more aggressive than us, and in the playoffs, those teams win", Lue said. The Cleveland Cavaliers star might have trouble just getting out of the opening round of the playoffs. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with in in the offseason.
However, for LeBron James, he is in an unfamiliar spot. Fans might be, but he isn't. "All I'm focused on is myself and becoming the best Victor Oladipo possible". At the end of the day you've just got to go out there and do what you do."Hill, Love hurtCavaliers point guard George Hill hurt his back when he was crushed from behind on a screen by Trevor Booker in the second quarter".
With Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Pacers outscored the Cavaliers 33-14 in the first quarter and they were never able to get closer than eight points for the remainder of the match. It awakened the dozing crowd. Kevin Love and Rodney Hood narrowly missed that threshold with nine points apiece, with Love collecting a game-high 17 rebounds.
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There were many culprits. That's an indisputable fact given that he authored the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history against the 73-win Warriors. Nance was strong - 10 points, five rebounds, 5-of-7 shooting.
George finished with 36 points, while Westbrook boasted 29. On top of that, Hill has a back injury. Following that contest, the series shifts to Indianapolis for games on Friday and Sunday night. Defensively, I thought he did some good things. They just barely meet the requirement for "good", but the same can be said for every team in the East. Jordan Clarkson, making his playoff debut, scored just six points in 21 minutes.
Cory's stat line is brought to you by the number three: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. We gotta hit some free throws as well. They only forced two on defense, but IN was more than willing to trade punches with Cleveland IN Game 1. Myles Turner put up 16 points with eight rebounds, Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points plus six boards along with three steals and Lance Stephenson contributed 12 points. Irving made the game-winning shot in Game 7.
As his game continues to develop into an effective sidekick for James, teams will continue to struggle defending him. We gave up 98 points, but 80 is not gonna cut it.
"He's hurt us this year", Lue said of Collison. "We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting". Some of the guys even with experience, including myself, I can be a lot better as well. "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too". For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together.