Cavaliers' new lineup lacks aggression, execution in loss to Pacers

Cavaliers' new lineup lacks aggression, execution in loss to Pacers

"The oldest National Basketball Association playoff cliche snaked its way into the Cavaliers" locker room Sunday.Hasn't been around these parts much, because, well, losing Game 1 of a first-round series is not something they do. Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win. No. 23 scored 12 of Cleveland's 24 points in the second quarter as he tried to keep the wine and gold in the game before the start of the second half.

LeBron James had a triple-double, with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The Pacers forced 16 Cavs turnovers, and held Cleveland to just 38.5 shooting from the field. 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.

It's the first time in his career that he's gone down 0-1 following the opening game of the postseason. Will the Cavaliers have an answer for Oladipo and the Pacers?

The Cavaliers were 8-of-34 from behind the 3-point line.

For the past seven years, a LeBron James led team has been in the NBA Finals and everybody fully expected it to happen once this year despite the roster overhaul and struggles during the regular season for the Cavs.

The Pacers won three of their four regular season games against the Cavs, and after stealing home court, anything is possible. We can't just take Game 1 and say we don't have to (make) any improvements.

Meanwhile, James Harden scored 44 points on 15-of-26 shooting with eight assists to help the Rockets escape game one with a 104-101 win over the Timberwolves.

With 1:06 remaining in the third quarter the Cavaliers came closest to obtaining the lead for the first time of the contest, cutting the Pacers lead to seven points.

That experience means the three-time champion isn't anxious about this latest hole that Cleveland is in. Are this year's Pacers ready to take the next step they couldn't with Paul George? For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together.

"So today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys, and like I said, they'll be a lot better, especially in Game 2". At the end of the day you've just got to go out there and do what you do."Hill, Love hurtCavaliers point guard George Hill hurt his back when he was crushed from behind on a screen by Trevor Booker in the second quarter".

"He just has to be more aggressive by attacking the basket and being more decisive offensively", Lue said. That's what we're focused on: "taking it one game at a time, trying to win every game". "We got a couple of steals early, which we didn't convert on, but for the most part, defensively, we were pretty good".

The "Lance vs. LeBron" storyline is an old favorite for both the local and national media.

On Sunday, the hostile atmosphere at Quicken Loans Arena had a similar effect on Stephenson, who had a strong showing off the bench, scoring 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting and grabbing five rebounds in just 17:26.

"Jeff Green, it might have been the worst performance of his career and he's been in the league a while".