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The Cleveland Cavaliers are now trailing the Indiana Pacers in their first-round playoff series and seeking to even things up in Game 2 on Wednesday night.

"Is it?" James said.

If ever a Playoff tagline was appropriate, it's in the early-going of the First Round: the Cavs will have to do whatever it takes to get a Game 2 win before the series shifts to Indy for the weekend.

Cleveland is 50-33 SU, but they are just 32-50-1 ATS.

"I don't know", Hill said. "I was down 3-1 in the Finals".

The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for fourth time this season. However, despite having home field advantage in their first postseason matchup, Cleveland came up short against none other than the Indiana Pacers.

As Robby Kalland notes, those five only played together for 30 minutes in the regular season.

Headed into this year's NBA Playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers were the heavy favorites, over the Indiana Pacers even though it was technically a 4-5 matchup.

They calmly walked off, business as usual.

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The real reason that I am confident in the Cavs is because at the end of the day one team has LeBron and the other one does not. There will be more of these games for the Cavs this postseason than we've seen since LeBron made his return.

"We've got to be better", Darren Collison said.

Everyone has to help Oladipo again on both ends of the floor, especially Bogdanovic.

Following the game, LeBron didn't seem rattled by the Game 1 loss, but most fans have some sort of anxiety going into Game 2. James finished with a triple-double of 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but he wasn't close to his best, leaving Ty Lue to state that he needs his star to be more aggressive from the jump. Lue has already hinted at lineup changes for Game 2 to switch things up, and there are questions about the health status of both George Hill (back) and Kyle Korver (foot, illness).

One thing we can do is learn from the mess that was Game 1.

In games where they allow below 100 points, IN is 27-4 and Cleveland is 16-4. The loss also snapped LeBron's 21 game winning streak in the first-round. And the Bulls have landed the first punch three times, holding a 3-1 record against James in Game 1s. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.

Game 1 went exactly how you didn't predict it to go.

The Celtics led 99-96 with 0.5 seconds left in regulation when Middleton took an inbounds pass on the far right wing and hit a contested 35-footer.

Cleveland also had a few players make their playoff debuts in Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., with the latter providing a good spark off the bench with ten points and five rebounds.

Probably the worst part about the Cavaliers defense in Game 1 was their transition defense. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists. This year's playoff qualification marks the 3 straight season IN has made the postseason.


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