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LeBron James' free agency plans questioned after loss to Indiana Pacers

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series The Pacers just stomped the Cavs in Cleveland
Rita Gibson | 17 April, 2018, 02:21

CLEVELAND, OH-The Indiana Pacers raced out to a big lead and ended up taking the series lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 98-80 rout of Cleveland Sunday afternoon. Victor Oladipo led the way with 32 points six rebounds and four assists. For the game, they hit 30-of-78 (38.5 percent) from the field, but managed just 8-of-34 (23.5 percent) from beyond the arc, with those game-long struggles making any sustained comeback effort futile.

LeBron James had a triple-double, with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

National Basketball Association fans have commented on Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson's notable lack of playing time in today's playoffs loss to the Indiana Pacers, speculating that his omission may have something to do with the scandal engulfing his personal life. 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".

The Pacers were energized by an emphatic dunk from Lance Stephenson early in the game en route to a 33-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

This is what teams say when they lose the first game of a playoff series, or when they get blown out in a postseason game.In the Cavs' case, it was both. "I've never lost a game in the first round before in my career?" "This was a great team win". "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do", the coach said. Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80. I mean it is no surprise that they started slow because most of their team has little playoff experience.

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Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and Carmelo Anthony added 15 points for the Thunder, who will host Game 2 on Wednesday. While Turner felt the Pacers "did a pretty good job" with their transition defense, he noted that some lapses in communication resulted in open looks for Cleveland's shooters. "It's only Game 1". We've just got to shoot the ball. "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too". Not that the fifth-year guard, in just his second postseason series, would have lacked any motivation in going up against LeBron James and Co., but after the win he acknowledged that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had added "fuel to the fire".

"So today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys, and like I said, they'll be a lot better, especially in Game 2. I'm just glad we got this first win". The Warriors' depth and star power should help them overcome Curry's absence in this series, but the defending champions will need their star point guard by the time Houston come calling.

If you've been following the NBA based on national broadcasts this year, you'd probably think the Cavs were clearly better than the Pacers.

On Sunday, the hostile atmosphere at Quicken Loans Arena had a similar effect on Stephenson, who had a strong showing off the bench, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in just 17:26. In the final minute of the first quarter, he caught the ball at the top of the key and drove down the lane, rising up over Cleveland forward Jeff Green for a vicious right-handed dunk that gave IN a 30-10 lead.

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