Victor Oladipo leads Pacers rout of LeBron James' Cavaliers

Postado Abril 17, 2018

Oladipo was the best player on the court Sunday, when IN beat Cleveland 98-80 to go up 1-0 IN their first-round series.

Oladipo led the Pacers with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists. Myles Turner added 16 points while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 15 points.

The Pacers jumped ahead 33-14 after the first quarter and led by as much as 23 in holding off the Cavs, who came no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

King James led Cleveland with a triple-double in 43 minutes of play - 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists.

James and the Cavs are next in action on Wednesday, when they take on the Pacers once again in Game 2.

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) shoots the ball over Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden.

Fortunately for IN, most of those shots didn't fall on Sunday, when the Cavs went just 8-for-34 (23.5 percent) from 3-point range. Though it's a small sample, when the home team in a 4-5 series loses Game 1, it has won just 10% of best-of-seven series (1-of-10). Overall, the Pacers will be satisfied with their performance as they simply outhustled the Cavaliers on both ends of the floor and there was just no running them down.

Victor Oladipo had himself quite a game in Game 1 versus the Cavs. Indicative of the Cavs' shooting struggles was the fact that Love was held scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:51 left in the half.

"We're fully aware of LeBron".

This is the first postseason experience as a unit for this Pacers team, but make no mistake, this is a veteran group. That was when Gilbert said of the offseason trade that landed the Pacers Oladipo, as well as Domantas Sabonis, for a disgruntled Paul George, "I will say IN could have done better than they did".

Oladipo led the way for the Pacers with 11 points on three-of-six shooting, including a three-for-four mark from long distance, in the first quarter. Just making them do stuff that they're normally not used to doing. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. If Cleveland can't get their shooting in order, they could be in some trouble. You obviously have take the good with the bad when it comes to Lance but at least the Pacers know he isn't going to just disappear in this series. "They're going to pressure us".

Commenting on Thompson's lack of minutes today, Inside The NBA pundit Kenny Smith said "they gotta play Tristan Thompson".

"We were pleased with a lot of the looks we were getting, we just can't shoot as tight", Hood said. Either way, they're in a hole to a tough team - not the start to their postseason they were hoping for. They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times. We tried to contain him as best we could. Kevin Love collected 17 rebounds but contributed only nine points.

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.