After that one was done, Victor Oladipo and the Pacers dusted the Cavaliers in the most surprising result of the first round so far, and the Thunder took care of the Jazz behind a big night from Paul George. This is what teams say when they lose the first game of a playoff series, or when they get blown out in a postseason game.In the Cavs' case, it was both. The series shifts to IN for Game 3 on Friday. That's no easy task, but it is easier than it was before Sunday's win. Instead, Cleveland's secondary source of points came from J.R. Smith's 15 off the bench. They committed seven turnovers.
Cleveland's George Hill got blind-sided on a pick by Pacers reserve Trevor Booker in the first half, then his back stiffened up. The shot extended a dwindling Pacers lead back to 12 points with fewer than 10 minutes to go in the fourth. Malcolm Brogdon scored all 16 of his points after halftime for Milwaukee. Game 1 in Boston was an overtime thriller, with the Celtics squeaking out a win over the Bucks. IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different. They dictated the pace, controlled the ball and led 25-8 late in the first quarter and 33-14 when it ended. Guess this one got started early.
The Pacers are feeling confident after beating the Cavs for the fourth time this season. If anything, they realized they can't take the Pacers lightly and have to adjust their mental game.
Oladipo finished with a game-high 32 points as the Pacers dominated from start to finish. In the last five, the Cleveland Cavaliers or Miami Heat had swept the first round with James at the lead. Green's minus-15 in his 27 minutes was the worst on the team, as he contributed almost nothing in the humiliating Game 1 loss. Middleton had 31 points, eight rebounds and six assists.
The visiting Pacers out-shot the Cavs, making 45.6 percent of their shots from the field, including a healthy 39.3 percent from 3-point range (11 of 28). He held his own on defense as well.
Oladipo has become one of the NBA's rising stars, and after being a role player in Oklahoma City, he's Indiana's main attraction and looked like a seasoned star on the playoff stage. He hit 6-9 from behind the arc, and needed just 19 shots for his 32 points, while adding 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals (!), and a block.
The Pacers need Myles Turner to show up to win, and he did just that.
12 points, 5 rebounds, and one stupid technical. "They just played inspired basketball and they just took advantage of everything we wanted to try and do. Right now, I'm focused on Game 2". "We did a great job of that". He picked up 3 fouls along the way, but that means the starters weren't having to worry about foul trouble.
So, today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys and like I said, I think they'll be a lot better especially in Game 2."And not just them", James continued.