Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

After Game 1 Loss to Pacers, Should Cavaliers be anxious?

After Game 1 Loss to Pacers, Should Cavaliers be anxious?

LeBron James notched a triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 98-80 postseason loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, but head coach Tyronn Lue is looking for more aggression from his go-to option in Wednesday's Game 2. Love didn't score in either quarter, and not coincidentally the Cavs were outscored 58-29 over those 24 minutes.

In 2016, the only two contests in which an East team held the Cavs under 100 were Games 3 and 4 at Toronto in the East finals. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds. IN was more aggressive, more prepared, and just better on the court. "He has to be more aggressive".

Here's the thing, not only was Gilbert wrong about that trade, he was wrong about the Pacers and George.

Today was the biggest stage the Pacers have played on this season, the Sunday afternoon ABC slot for Indiana's opening playoff game in Cleveland.

"They're trying to be physical with him on his post-ups, but he's seen it a lot of times before". There was a lot of uncertainty and no clarity from Day One and that hurt us from being a better team than we could've been. They've been doing it all season. "He has to be aggressive when he gets it".

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The Cavs fell behind 33-12 during a odd 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.

Lance Stephenson, a longtime playoff nemesis for James, helped set the tone in the first quarter with a dunk he punctuated by throwing several punches into the padded basket stanchion. "Like I told you guys, you always ask me, 'Is there anything you can tell them [about the playoffs]?' Listen, experience is the best teacher, and they got it today", James said.

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.

Davis has been racking up the individual accolades - five All-Star nods, two All-NBA First Team selections, a good chance at a top-5 finish in league MVP voting this season - but before Saturday had not yet won a playoff game in his pro career.

"It's not enough", Lue said, per McMenamin. He's in a good place. He just said we've got to be more aggressive offensively, be more aggressive, and that's about it. Kevin Love went 3-for-8, Rodney Hood made only 1-of-4 from 3-point distance.

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The last time LeBron James lost a first-round National Basketball Association playoffs game was May 6, 2012.

"I'm down 0-1 in the first round", he said.

"We've just got to do a better job scoring the ball and taking care of the basketball and keeping them out of transition", Lue said. That's where they thrive.

And, prior to Sunday, the only time the Cavs lost a Game 1 against an Eastern Conference foe was 2015, when the Bulls beat the Cavs 99-92 in the opener of the East semifinals at The Q.

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