That rating marks an 18 percent improvement over the 2016-17 season and the highest rating for Pacers broadcasts on FOX Sports Indiana since the 2013-14 season, when the Blue & Gold finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. James needs to be more aggressive at the start of Game 2 in order to give Cleveland their best chance of succeed in this year's playoffs. The Pacers outplayed the Cavs from the start on Sunday, improving to 4-1 this season against LeBron James and the defending conference champions. Game 2 tips off Wednesday night in Cleveland.
National Basketball Association fans, this is Indiana. Hood can also be inserted at the three to play alongside Hill, Smith, James, and Love when the Cavs want to add a stealth shooting lineup throughout the game.
"(James) has to be aggressive and set the tone early", Lue told reporters Monday .
They're confident - and they're no longer a secret. James didn't attempt a shot in the first 10 minutes, which, according to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, "left more than one member of the organization raising an eyebrow as to why".
Road teams that win the first game in a 4 vs. 5 matchup have won 10 of the last 11 playoff series when the home team goes down 0-1. Nonetheless, Victor Oladipo and the Pacers claimed Game 1 easily. You know what this team's about.
Well, most of Indiana's accomplishments have been woefully under-publicized. Who was the star of the show?
But the lack of attention doesn't faze Pacers.
"It's about being more aggressive, attacking the basket", Lue said.
All of this is why the 18-point defeat at the hands of IN in Game 1 should serve as a wake-up call to every Cavalier not named LeBron James. Right now, I'm focused on Game 2.
The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs.
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Let's be honest, Victor Oladipo had his way in game one.
"We're looking at it but I'm not going to talk about it", he said. It just hasn't been magnified. Oladipo played like a man possessed as he put up 32 points.
Last year, the Cavs scored at least 106 points in all 13 playoff games against the East. A year ago, the Pacers were going in different directions. We'll see what they're going to do.
"I thought he played with a lot of confidence".
Thus, even with all of their inconsistencies, bad defense and all the roster turnover, many of us expected the Cavs to put Indy away in four games.
"But this team here, we're all in".
The Pacers took the fight to the Cavs, and Indiana's players are battling critics who say they can't compete with Cleveland. We try to work in unison each and every day. But we've been playing hard.
The Pacers have been running hot for a while now and they really came out firing in a big statement win in Game 1.
"There ain't nothing to celebrate about", Stephenson said.
"We couldn't score the ball and obviously in this league, you've got to be able to score the ball".