As the National Basketball Association world responds stunned at a Game 1 blowout, the Pacers respond with practice, getting back to work at Quicken Loans Arena Monday afternoon with Game 2 looming. The Pacers outplayed the Cavs from the start on Sunday, improving to 4-1 this season against LeBron James and the defending conference champions.
It'd be easy to say the Cavs are cooked after we saw what a terrific Pacers team did to them in Game 1, but there's this thing about not making too much out of one game. He made eight of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 38 percent from the field and eight of 34 from the three-point line but maybe we should just credit the Pacers' defense for this one because the Cavaliers certainly had plenty of wide open looks in that first quarter.
Lue said to Dave McMenamin of ESPN: "He has to be aggressive and set the tone early". "We like that. That's what kind of drives our motor a little bit, being overlooked and no one expecting us to do what we're now doing".
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.
Cavs forward Kyle Korver played just four minutes because of lingering foot soreness.
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Well, most of Indiana's accomplishments have been woefully under-publicized. Oladipo, who came over in a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paul George deal finished with 32 points in Game 1.
The Pacers-Thunder trade didn't receive almost as much attention as the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics last season, but it's already proving to be a transaction with enormous ramifications for both teams. They're going to try to attack us, get us in 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.
"I'm a little dizzy right now", he joked before Monday's workout. With the way the Cavs have played for the majority of this season, they have preferred Love at the five for his rebounding abilities. The Pacers aren't flashy, but fundamental.
But they will also have to fix things on the defensive end.
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The other key on defense for them would be to stop Victor Oladipo.
"We've been playing hard at both ends all year, but it's been magnified". It just hasn't been magnified. So it's the playoffs now, we've been doing this all year.
Since the All-Star Break, Oladipo's numbers dropped significantly due to teams adjusting their gameplan defensively bring more double teams. A year ago, the Pacers were going in different directions.
Stephenson shrugged off the technical - "I don't care". "They're going to pressure us". A lot has changed since then, including Oladipo transforming IN into one of the better teams IN the Eastern Conference. But we've been playing hard. "This was a great team win".
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