"We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting and they definitely". Honestly, this game was a classic underdog game. Oladipo certainly made the Pacers worth watching in Game 1. However, this game was mainly lost because the Cavs underestimated the Pacers.
The Pacers, led by Oladipo, of course, were better. They did not panic when LeBron James and his crew revved up in each of the final three quarters.
"The oldest National Basketball Association playoff cliche snaked its way into the Cavaliers" locker room Sunday.Hasn't been around these parts much, because, well, losing Game 1 of a first-round series is not something they do.
"Our goal was to play hard, control what we can control, and just go out there aggressive and make it hard for them", said Stephenson.
Before Cleveland turns its attention to slowing down Oladipo, it must first confront its own woes. "When you don't, you saw what he's capable of".
The Cavs' playoff theme is: "Whatever It Takes". It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with in in the offseason. He shot an absurd 66% from three, while his average for the year is 37%. The team just was not clicking and did not have a single player with a positive plus minus. Sunday they shot 23 percent.
IN continued their success against the Cavaliers as they beat them for the fourth time in five meetings this season, counting the regular season. But the Cavs' A game is still better than that of any team in the East, which will become obvious over the course of a seven-game series no matter which team they take on between now and June. "They were more physical than us at the point of attack, and they were most precise with what they wanted to do and we couldn't score the ball". Myles Turner scored 16 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points for Indiana. The starters will be motivated and will have great games the next time they play the Pacers.
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Jordan Clarkson played 20:36 and scored only six points.
"I'm aware of it", Oladipo said flatly when asked if he had heard Gilbert's comments.
But that team had more time together and a combination of more top-level talent (like Kyrie Irving, now with the Boston Celtics) and more playoff-tested role players (like Richard Jefferson, now with the Denver Nuggets) than this year's.
Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk, But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 seconds left. There will be more of these games for the Cavs this postseason than we've seen since LeBron made his return. 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. I was down 3-1 in the finals. I know that he will rally his teammates and make sure that he makes a deep run this postseason.
Game 2 will also be in Cleveland, with that Wednesday night contest set to tip off just after 7 p.m.