Here's The Last Time LeBron Lost A First Round Game

Apr 16, 2018, 04:52

James finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his 20th career playoff triple-double.

Trailing 69-50 in the third quarter, Cleveland used a 13-1 run, capped by Love's deep 3-pointer, to trim the lead to 70-63. 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.

The mantra of the past several years of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball has been some semblance of "wait til the playoffs".

Kevin Love admitted that LeBron James' impending decision this offseason is looming over the Cavaliers' playoff run. The Cavs vs Pacers series has all the markings of going the distance.

Although the Cavs have had more makeovers this year than any leading lady in Hollywood, the Pacers took three of four during the regular season. Game 2 will be played in Cleveland on Wednesday before the series heads to in for Games 3 and 4 on Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 22.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on April 9, 2018 in New York City.

Lance Stephenson developed a reputation for getting under James' skin during the Pacers-Heat rivalry.

"I didn't expect to play 44 minutes so I'll take the two days now", James said. "I think we've been nine in the past, but I think it's going to be important to go 10 for us because I like Clarkson being on the floor with a point guard, so that makes us play 10".

The Cavaliers dug themselves a huge hole right off the bat and trailed by as many as 21 in that opening period before finding themselves down 33-14 after the first 12 minutes. What should be noted is that IN has now won four out of the five meetings this season against Cleveland. Now that they've been paired up against the Cavaliers, Indiana will be vying to duplicate the success they had against Cleveland in the regular season. They could also send Victor Oladipo, the team's second-best defender per NBAMath's TPA statistic, out on him, but they rely on him too much on the offensive end to have him be out there all game long.

Making it out of the East, however, could prove to be more hard for James than it has been in each of the last seven seasons, all of which have ended with him competing in the NBA Finals.

The Pacers will have to beat the James gang four times over the next couple of weeks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made the playoffs once again.

LeBron has gone full supernova (Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March/April after averaging 29.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG and 9.5 APG in that stretch). (10 points) were the only other players in double figures coming off the bench.

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