Victor Oladipo used slight from Cavs owner as motivation in Game 1

Victor Oladipo used slight from Cavs owner as motivation in Game 1

Victor Oladipo used slight from Cavs owner as motivation in Game 1

The Indiana Pacers have been the surprise story of the National Basketball Association this season, winning 48 games in the regular season before taking Game 1 on the road over the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon. And there's something to be said about IN bringing about LeBron's first-ever playoff opener loss. The Cavaliers finished with 16 turnovers, three of which came from James, and shot a lackluster 38.5 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from three-point range.

Cleveland All-Star Small Forward LeBron James earned a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. The Cavs made only 8 of their 34 three-point attempts. The streak was twenty-one straight first-round games that a LeBron James team had won.

"You could say it added fuel to the fire, I guess you could say", Oladipo said per ESPN. So today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys, and like I said, I think they'll be a lot better, especially in Game 2. The Pacers are 4-18 wheb losing Game 1. For Game 2 this coming Wednesday, the Cavs head coach wants the four-time MVP victor to start more aggressive and set the tone for the game. "I think we did a really good job of getting stops and making them take contested shots".

"So we did that, we fought back, gave ourselves a chance, cut the lead down to single digits, but at that point they just had a ton of confidence".

The Cavaliers star said: "That's just how the game was being played".

IN still has plenty of room for improvement as they look ahead to Game 2.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is set for Wednesday evening at 7:00 in Cleveland.

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


Ultimately, this performance by the Cavs makes some question whether or not they should be anxious about the series.

His teammates' heads aren't spinning after the series-opening win over the Cavs, who swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago.

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HOUSTON - James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed Houston to outlast Minnesota in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.

IN feels they are genuinely better than the Cavaliers but are remaining humble and taking it a game at a time. "Hopefully in Game 2 I won't play on my heels and I'll play more on my toes and be able to defend without fouling". Shooting eleven-for-nineteen from the court, Oladipo tallied a total of 32 points. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. Look at Oladipo's 3-pointers.

With the makeup of the bench, this would decrease Green's minutes to keep Hood in a leading bench role, but Green playing less minutes is for the better at this point in time.

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.

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