Cavaliers wake up too late to overcome Pacers | Jeff Schudel

Cavaliers look on against the Pacers

Cavaliers look on against the Pacers

The Cavaliers fell hard against the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland on Sunday.

Oladipo led the Pacers with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists. They shot just 25 percent as a team from the field in the opening quarter.

The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers.

National Basketball Association fans have commented on Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson's notable lack of playing time in today's playoffs loss to the Indiana Pacers, speculating that his omission may have something to do with the scandal engulfing his personal life.

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. "It's only one game, it's only Game 1". "You could tell they were ready to play", Hood said.

"We got out hard defensively, showing LeBron some bodies", Oladipo said.

IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third.

After a tough season defensively, the Cavaliers found themselves down by as much as 23 points at one stage of their opening playoffs game.

Pacers smother Lebron
Pacers smother Lebron

"(Green) has to be more aggressive attacking the basket, be more aggressive offensively", Lue said". The Pacers' starting center, Myles Turner, was the scored the second most points on the Pacers. Oladipo was hot from behind the line making 6 of 9 attempts.

IN jumped out to a huge lead to begin the game, and eventually pushed their lead as high as 23 points.

That experience means the three-time champion isn't anxious about this latest hole that Cleveland is in. For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together.

Game two in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday (NZT) in Boston.

"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said. Not that the fifth-year guard, in just his second postseason series, would have lacked any motivation in going up against LeBron James and Co., but after the win he acknowledged that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had added "fuel to the fire". I'm tempted to go with the Cavaliers to bounce back with an emphatic win, but I think this one will be close till the end so I'm taking the Pacers with the points again. "We got a couple of steals early, which we didn't convert on, but for the most part, defensively, we were pretty good".

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on.

"We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting and they definitely". The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston come calling. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

The worst example of the ineptitude was power forward Jeff Green, who went 0-for-7 from the floor - including 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc - for zero points and a starting lineup-worst minus-15 rating in almost 27 minutes played.

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