LeBron James Has Perfect Response To Cavs' Game 1 Loss To Pacers

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It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been flawless starting the postseason. The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series 97-92 and won three of the four meetings this season: Cleveland took a 115-108 home win in the last matchup on January 26. The Pacers are 4-18 wheb losing Game 1.

Meanwhile, Al Horford had 24 points and 12 rebounds and the Boston Celtics overcame Khris Middleton's long three that beat the fourth-quarter buzzer, topping the Milwaukee Bucks 113-107 in overtime to open their National Basketball Association playoff matchup.

These are not the same Cleveland Cavaliers of the recent past.

The Pacers jumped ahead 33-14 after the first quarter and led by as many as 23 points in holding off the Cavaliers, who came no closer than seven points the rest of the way. So, today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys and like I said, I think they'll be a lot better especially in Game 2."And not just them", James continued.

The Cavs fell behind 33-12 during a unusual first quarter that included Cleveland missing all eight 3-pointers, James not attempting his first field goal until 1:52 remained and fans in Quicken Loans Arena wondering what they were seeing.

Cleveland began the second quarter on a 7-0 run, led by Kevin Love, who hit his second three-pointer of the evening during the quick run. Victor Oladipo had his fingerprints all over this game as he drained six threes to lead the team with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Things have been as hard for the Cavaliers this season as they've ever been during LeBron James' tenure with the team. But that includes many more lopsided series. I don't care what problems he is dealing with outside the court, you need to play him more in this series.

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Say this about Lance Stephenson - he makes any series more entertaining. They committed seven turnovers.

The Cavaliers struggled shooting the ball as they hit only 38.5 percent from the field. You've heard them all, but in this game, they were all true. (10 points) were the only other players in double figures coming off the bench. The Cavaliers have plenty of time to get their minds right.

While some fans are getting their first look at Oladipo, the Pacers have seen this before. IN controlled the tempo from the start and hammered Cleveland into submission. He had averaged more than 27 points per game in the playoffs for the Pacers the past two years. Take the points and the Pacers in this one as it's a tighter contest.

Instead, they have an inexperienced mix of players as the likes of Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. made their playoff debuts.

"We just had a number of (shots) go in and out", Love said. Jeff Green, a solid part of the Cavaliers the final month of the season, was invisible.

This only works for Cleveland if they can score.

The Boston Celtics relied on a better overtime performance to win the first game of their showdown against the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-107. "This was a great team win". The Cavs will need to give Thompson more than 2 minutes in order to at least try and stop Turner.