Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James vs. Indiana Pacers: Crowquill

Indiana Pacers bench comprised of the starters stand to watch the closing seconds of the game. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win. While things are certainly different this time around, the Cavaliers are without superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, and IN is without a star of their own IN small forward Paul George. Most notably, James had 18 triple-doubles this year, the most of his career.

Your statistical reminder LeBron James is really good at PLAYOFF basketball - James carries an unprecedented 21-game winning streak in the first round of playoff games into this contest, having averaged 27.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 7.0 assists while shooting 52.6 percent in those victories. In the third-to-last game of the regular season, James tallied 44 pionts to go with 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 132-130 loss at the 76ers.

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The Cavs lost the opening playoff game 98-80 in Cleveland though they can still progress in the best of seven series. The Pacers did force 16 Cleveland turnovers but after cashing in on them early to jump out to that big lead, they got a bit complacent. The interesting thing is that all four meetings came before Cleveland made three trades to overhaul part of its roster. (10 points) were the only other players in double figures coming off the bench. A lot of this, of course, depends on Lebron James and if he is on top of his game, the Cavs should win. That proved to be the Cavs' last chance as the Pacers put together a 12-2 run in just a three-minute span to boost the lead back up to 17 at 88-71.

All games in this series will be broadcast on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or TNT (full schedule). The Cavs are the fourth seed and the Pacers are the fifth seed. They also won three out of four against Cleveland this season, though all of those games came pre-deadline, so it's tough to read too much into that. Brad Stevens will throw all sorts of looks at the young guys and while the absence of Irving and Gordon Hayward will hang over the team, these Celtics won't start looking ahead to next year without a fight. "We only have four guys left from that (2016) championship team (Love, James, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith), but we have a lot of savvy veteran guys who have a ton of experience". Not always do they need to push, especially considering the athleticism of IN, but at times, it could reap benefits. Odds for Game 2 will be released shortly at the BetDSI Sportsbook. Can the Cavaliers turn it up a notch as they open the postseason this afternoon at home versus the Indiana Pacers?

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