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NBA Playoffs First Round Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers:Preview and Prediction

NBA Playoffs First Round Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers:Preview and Prediction

In fact, James's teams in Cleveland and Miami have never lost a first-round series, and don't figure to start in this case After all, he's got a streak of 21 consecutive wins in the opening series and hasn't lost since 2012. "I'm not comparing it to previous year". They were only expected to maybe matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers in round one as an 8 seed, but they're a five seed that took three games from the Cavs in the regular season. LeBron James led everyone with 33 points, but Thaddeus Young scored 12 of his 26 in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

But "King James" - who enjoyed a stunning regular season in which he averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists plus career-high numbers of triple-doubles and double-doubles - has warned he is raring to go. "It's 4-5 for a reason". They've been an up-and-down team all season, but they finished the season with flashes of who they want to be come postseason time. "I'm ready to go and I look forward to seeing what this post-season has to offer".

One of the most dominant postseason players in National Basketball Association history, James is undefeated in Game 1 of any opening series, a ideal 12-0 since making his playoff debut with the Cavaliers back in 2006. But we went through a lot in the offseason as well. "But I feel good about what we have". "So we'll see what happens". He averaged 32 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two blocks as Cleveland swept IN en route to a third straight conference crown.

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They will need to be consistent, but the problem is, they haven't been all year. "I think we've been nine in the past, but I think it's going to be important to go 10 for us". "We're going to be a tough team to beat in four games and we have the best player in the world and a lot of guys that are hungry to go out and prove what they can do".

The Pacers have been one of the biggest surprises this season due to their offensive explosiveness and the energy that they have played with all season long.

Going back to the 2015 Playoffs, the Cavs hold a 36-5 playoff record against Eastern Conference opponents, which includes a 18-2 mark at The Q and 18-3 mark on the road. The Pacers themselves are not great on the defensive end but with that being said, the Pacers can turn these games into shootouts and if they do they have a very good chance to pull the upset here. The Cavs are a team that feature star power and a bench full of players that start on other teams, which suggests that the Pacers have to stay healthy during the series to stay competitive. "They wasn't healthy halfway through the season".


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