Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Oladipo remembers Cavs owner said Pacers didn't get enough for George

Oladipo remembers Cavs owner said Pacers didn't get enough for George

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It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 and didn't realise he had been ideal starting the post-season.

LeBron James had every reason to be angry but when asked about how this first loss would affect him, he said that he is the last person to ask how he will feel over the next couple of days.

But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday's game two will be on the struggles of Cleveland's play-off newcomers, James isn't anxious. "It's just, I mean, I'm down 0-1 in the first round". You guys are still going to win the series and at least make the conference finals. The Cavs stormed back and got within seven, but Oladipo hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. The Pacers easily could have won the game by a bigger margin had they cashed in at the charity stripe and capitalized more on Cleveland's miscues.

The Cavaliers had their lowest-scoring first period of the season and only five baskets with six turnovers in the opening quarter, drawing boos as they walked off at half-time trailing 59-38.

"We've been playing like this all year", Oladipo said, as deadpan after the victory as he was demonstrative during it. The starters will be motivated and will have great games the next time they play the Pacers.

The Pacers - who were swept by Cleveland in last year's first round - completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the post-season. JR Smith scored 15 points off the bench, and Kevin Love had nine points and team-high 17 rebounds for Cleveland.

Here's what's most alarming of all: It didn't even look like an upset. "You have to be physical, have to be mentally tough and physically strong and they came in and they were aggressive".

Well, it's now going to take a first-round comeback. 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".

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IN didn't just play like a good team in taking the opener. Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. "They still don't believe". After the score was tied at 4-4, they went on a 14-0 run to take the score to 18-4 with 04:13 remaining.

The #Cleveland Cavaliers made a lot of changes throughout the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season in hopes that they could turn things around in time for the start of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

"On this team, we all know what Victor can do when he steps on the court", Thaddeus Young said. As far as the blitz, I thought we did a good job of getting into him. "When you don't, you saw what he's capable of".

Coach McMillan said someone came to him recently to remind him of Cavs owner Dan Gilbert saying that IN "could have done better" IN their Paul George-Victor Oladipo trade.

Asked to elaborate, the fifth-year guard, who arrived in IN alongside forward Domanta Sabonis, added, "I already had fuel". You have to control your emotions out there.

Cleveland's George Hill got blind-sided on a pick by Pacers reserve Trevor Booker in the first half, then his back stiffened up. I also think that coach Tyronn Lue will limit the amount of playing time that Jeff Green gets and increase the minutes of Tristan Thompson. Lue expects Hill to be good for Wednesday.

Pacers: Only have two starters -- Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young - from the team Cleveland swept previous year. Improved to 22-22 in the opening game of a series, including 9-16 on the road.

Milwaukee was held to just two field goals over the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter as the Celtics built an 86-76 advantage. James dropped to 48-8 in first-round games.

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