Oladipo, Pacers stun Cavs


The loss snapped a 21-game win streak in the first round by James' teams, dating to May 9, 2012, when the New York Knicks beat the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their series.

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.

The only time Sunday's result was ever in any true danger came as the Cavs whittled a 23 point Pacers' lead down to seven early in the fourth quarter.

The most common way to score a triple double in the National Basketball Association is through points, assists, and rebounds - like James managed to do (24 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds) against the Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Celtics featured five players with at least 19 points in their 113-107 overtime game-one win over the Bucks. Al Horford led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic pitched in 15 points while Myles Turner dominated the paint with 16 points. Also, the play of the Indiana Pacers can not remain at such a high level.

In addition, James believes the intensity of a playoff game compared to a regular season game is what caused the Cavaliers to lose the first game of the series. Jose Calderon, 0-of-3."We just can't shoot as tight", said Hood, who was 4-of-8.

Game 2 is on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena with tip-off scheduled for 12am BST.

Yesterday's result only makes it more hard on the Cavaliers. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota. 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 Cavaliers are clearly going to have to get more from guys like Rodney Hood, George Hill, Love, Jeff Green and company to square the series. In the first quarter, Nance Jr. had six points and no one else had more than two. 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.

The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs.

After the Pacers' 98-80 victory - fueled by mediocre offensive performances by all the starters other than James - the questions have multiplied. Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries. Whether with the Cavs or the Miami Heat, a LeBron team has never started off the first round with a loss.

But James projected confidence looking ahead to Game 2. Oladipo wasn't seen as a franchise-changing player when IN acquired him along with Domantas Sabonis IN the trade for Paul George. Oladipo was asked if that disparity in visibility might contribute to fans having their eyes opened by what happened in Game 1.

It's a fairly safe bet that Game 2 won't be as ugly offensively as the opener was for Cleveland.