Indiana Pacers: 3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Cavaliers

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LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 29032018

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points while Myles Turner added 16 points and 8 rebounds as IN jumped out to a 32-14 lead IN the first quarter and were hardly challenged outside of a 27-point third quarter by Cleveland. Cory Joseph dribbled up the court, before feeding Victor Oladipo at the top of the 3-point line.

J.R. Smith had 15 points off the Cavaliers' bench while Myles Turner had 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 for Indiana.

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. Well, if we are hoping for LeBron to arrive in Los Angeles anytime soon, we should be hoping for an abnormally early exit for James and the Cavaliers.

Right from the jump, the Indiana Pacers took the lead and never relinquished it for the remainder of the game.

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on. They thought that they could easily defeat the Pacers and sweep them.

The Cavaliers struggled shooting the ball as they hit only 38.5 percent from the field. If you saw how the Cavs played after the first quarter, they actually played very well.

The worst example of the ineptitude was power forward Jeff Green, who went 0-for-7 from the floor - including 0-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc - for zero points and a starting lineup-worst minus-15 rating in almost 27 minutes played. Take the points and the Pacers in this one as it's a tighter contest. Two of their starters - Jeff Green and George Hill - combined to shoot 3-of-14 on the night.

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Cleveland was fortunate to even have a chance to try and make a run to get the game to single digits in the fourth quarter. "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. "If we could bottle that third quarter up and part of the fourth, the way we played, with intensity, diving on the floor, we'll be good".

It's a bit concerning if you're a Cavaliers fan that the other four-fifths of the starting lineup managed a total of one more point (25) than James scored himself (24) in the opener.

"So he might have a game where he goes insane and everybody else is just watching him and not competing". Jaylen Brown finished with 20 points.

Jordan Clarkson, making his playoff debut, was 2-for-6 from the field. IN simply stifled Cleveland and didn't panic when they saw the lead trimmed to seven. The Celtics vs Bucks game 2 is scheduled for April 17 at 8:00pm ET.

Harden's 44 points were one shy of tying his playoff career-high and five points shy of tying the Rockets' all-time record. It would have also sent Kevin Love out to Denver, but before the trade could be completed, the Pacers pulled the trigger on a trade with Oklahoma City. Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80.

Several players on the roster also had limited or no postseason experience, making Game 1 expectations hard to quantify.

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