Indiana Pacers vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-15-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Jose Calderon, the first free agent Cleveland signed over the summer, has persisted through the whole turnstile.

James is fully aware of the threat they possess and was asked about the matchup after Wednesday's season finale. The Cavaliers will have the number 4 seed while the Pacers will be the 5 seed.

However they defend him, it's clear the Pacers have a way of getting to LeBron James, especially Lance Stephenson.

IN surprised the critics and won 48 games and lost 34, fifth in the East and matching the record of Oklahoma City, with Russell Westbrook, George and Carmelo Anthony.

What hasn't been the same is the regular season James is coming off of as he enters the playoffs having played in all 82 games for the first time in his career. "And that's OK. I mean I've come to come to terms with it and, you know, whatever happens happens, but for now I just want to try to win". In the Cavs four games against Indiana, Oladipo put 23, 33, 19, and 25 on the Cavs. Toronto has never won the Eastern Conference. I've enjoyed every year competing for a championship.We're looking for another run this year. Game 7 would be April 29 at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Pacers, who play like a team not a group of individuals who care more about a paycheck than winning games, will make this a series, unlike what George could do for IN previous year. But whenever the postseason starts, Regular Season LeBron becomes Playoff LeBron. His 45 and 15 in Boston show what a single performance on a single night can do to change the tone of an entire postseason.

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For the first time in LeBron's second stint with the Cavaliers, the road to the NBA Finals actually looks perilous.

In four meetings against the Pacers this campaign, James averaged 28.8 points on.558 shooting to go with 10.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists. They will face the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs.

To start things off, LeBron set career numbers for himself this season. James credited this year's Pacers team for being "more well-balanced" with Victor Oladipo leading the charge, but he didn't let that praise turn into paranoia. Myles Turner admitted Friday afternoon.

Cavaliers forward Kendrick Perkins, who was drafted in 2003 after James, is awed by his friend's commitment and dedication.

Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Love acknowledged that James' decision this summer has the potential to hang over the entire team as they chase another National Basketball Association championship. They've beaten the Hawks all 12 times they've faced them and have taken the last 12 against Detroit. No superstar has gone through more this year - the loss of his No. 2 star, the Isaiah Thomas saga, Kevin Love's injury, the revamped roster, the coaching saga - and because of this, no superstar has been forced to shoulder more of the load for his team.

  • Sonia Alvarado