Pacers prepare for Cleveland in playoffs

15 April, 2018, 00:13 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Blogtable: Your thoughts on LeBron James being on cusp of playing all 82 games?

He's a potential free agent this summer, and it could mark the final passage of his epilogue in Cleveland and his forward in a new city. I mean it's hard to play 82 games.

"Flipping the switch is real but in large measure it's real because the gap in his intensity is so much higher when you reach the playoffs", Griffin said. Here's a look at the odds to win the Eastern Conference. Kevin Love's play has also been a big plus this season and expect him to help Cleveland win the rebounding battle in the series. If you saw those three dudes at the Y, you'd grab two buddies and feel good about your chances of beating them.

Kyrie Irving's offseason trade request having been granted, four-time league MVP LeBron James is probably going to need center Kevin Love to put up big numbers nearly every game this time around, beginning Sunday at 3:30 p.m. when fourth-seeded Cleveland (50-32) opens its postseason by hosting the Indiana Pacers (48-34) at Quicken Loans Arena.

James will also lead the Cavs in total points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks but is not expected to be named MVP with Houston's James Harden remaining the favourite. They are riding a 16-game winning streak. In a topsy-turvy season in Cleveland, the one constant has been the one-man wrecking ball that's James and he's led them to another strong season on offense. We'll look at IN going up against Cleveland IN this piece IN a matchup which ended 3-1 IN favor of the Pacers IN the regular season.

LeBron has gone full supernova (Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March/April after averaging 29.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG and 9.5 APG in that stretch).

Last year, the Cavs swept the Pacers in a series where in could have easily won games one and three.

The Pacers and Cavs square off on Sunday at 3:30 in Cleveland for game one. Game 2 is slated for Wednesday night in Cleveland at 7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio & TNT.


LeBron James said the Cavaliers are "sharp in the mind" as they head into this first-round series with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

Golden State enters the postseason losers of five of its final nine games.

The uneven season for Cleveland Cavaliers could be salvaged with another NBA Finals appearance.

James has faced the Pacers in the postseason four times during his career. A James team hasn't lost a first-round game since May 6, 2012, when the Heat lost Game 4 to the Knicks by two points.

To start things off, LeBron set career numbers for himself this season.

When the postseason tipped off a year ago, the Pacers top five scorers were Paul George, Jeff Teague, Myles Turner, C.J. Miles and Thaddeus Young. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

Cavaliers: Re-signed F Kendrick Perkins for the remainder of the season. For all of the philosophical changes to the way the game is played from a tactical perspective, no scheme is good enough on its own to counteract the impact James has just for suiting up for the opposing team.

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