Despite Game 1 Dominance, Pacers Believe They Can Play Better

Despite Game 1 Dominance, Pacers Believe They Can Play Better

Forget LeBron James making his eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals - the Cleveland Cavaliers star might have trouble just getting out of the opening round of the playoffs.

Pictured: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the second half while playing the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15, 2018.

James finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but the Cavaliers as a whole struggled with their shooting touch throughout the game, especially when it came to 3-pointers.

Middleton's 31 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo's 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists weren't enough to give the Bucks with a win. The Cavaliers were abysmal shooting the ball and their inability to get anything going from someone other than James for the most part did them in.

He was also fouled on the play, but he missed the free throw. This is also the first time the Cavs have lost Game 1 in the first round since 1998, also against the Pacers.

But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday's Game 2 will be on the struggles of Cleveland's playoff newcomers, James isn't anxious.

For Pacers center Myles Turner, better defensive communication is key.

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The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers.

Yesterday's result only makes it more hard on the Cavaliers. Jeff Green played 27 minutes and did not score a single point.

Game two in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday (NZT) in Boston.

"Kevin Love was relatively anaemic".

Larry Nance Jr. (six points), Rodney Hood (two ), George Hill (two), and Jordan Clarkson (two) were the only Cavs to add to the scoreboard in the first quarter besides James (two points).

Cleveland scored just 14 points in the first quarter and 15 in the fourth quarter. IN was swept by Cleveland in last year's opening round. We're fully aware of his team, and we realize it's not going to be easy, but that doesn't mean we're just going to come in here and just fold. However, each surge by the Cavs was countered by the Pacers, who ended up taking a 55-38 lead into halftime. You guys are still going to win the series and at least make the conference finals. That was a big change for them: remember, last season in Game 3 of their series with Cleveland, they blew a 26 point lead and lost by five. "Right now, I'm focused on Game 2".

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted out after the game that Gilbert's comments were actually in response to a trade that the Cavaliers had in place that would have sent Paul George to the Cavs. In fact, it was James' first first-round loss since 2012. Over the remainder of the period, they managed to chip away at that lead by preventing the Pacers from hitting any of their field-goal attempts for a seven-minute span.

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