Cavs drop Game 1 to Pacers, 98-80

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The Cavs fell behind 33-12 during a unusual first quarter that included Cleveland missing all eight 3-pointers, James not attempting his first field goal until 1:52 remained and fans in Quicken Loans Arena wondering what they were seeing. Honestly, this game was a classic underdog game. The Pacers are 4-18 wheb losing Game 1. However, this game was mainly lost because the Cavs underestimated the Pacers. The Pacers did force 16 Cleveland turnovers but after cashing in on them early to jump out to that big lead, they got a bit complacent. They did not panic when LeBron James and his crew revved up in each of the final three quarters.

The Cavs never recovered from a poor start, having been 33-14 down at the end of the first quarter.

There's no situation LeBron hasn't seen in the playoffs, but this upstart Pacers unit is definitely not to be underestimated. At the top of the list: the Cavs' have multiple players without any prior playoff experience, and majority looked either scared or hurt. Hill left the game and returned twice, first with 4:19 left in the quarter and again to start the third quarter.But Lue yanked him with 8:39 left in the third and he didn't come back.

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At the very least, the Pacers got the Cavs' attention Sunday, especially in the tone-setting first quarter, when the casual Cavs were too cavalier for their own good.

The Cavaliers looked like a mish-mashed group of new faces, some of whom may have been taken aback by the playoff intensity, rather than a team that is seeking to make its fourth straight Finals. The Pacers, meanwhile, have been viewed as one of the league's biggest overachievers, improving both their win total and playoff seeding from a season ago, despite the departure of George. "We didn't come here just to be OK", said Pacers star Victor Oladipo, who dropped a 32-point water balloon on a subdued and shocked Q crowd. He shot an absurd 66% from three, while his average for the year is 37%. "They kept pretty calm and poised throughout the season. I'm just glad we got this first win". And the Pacers were more "aggressive."They were more physical". Kevin Love and Rodney Hood narrowly missed that threshold with nine points apiece, with Love collecting a game-high 17 rebounds. I also think that coach Tyronn Lue will limit the amount of playing time that Jeff Green gets and increase the minutes of Tristan Thompson.

Jordan Clarkson played 20:36 and scored only six points. Expected to be named the Most Improved Player in the National Basketball Association, he showed his athleticism and ability to dominate on both ends of the floor throughout Sunday's game. "I feel this is more of a way for us to be battle tested".

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"We've been there so many times this season", explained Myles Turner.

Is this the beginning of the end for LeBron?

It was 92-91 with less than a minute to play when a pair of free throws by Horford made it 94-91. "I was down 3-1 in the Finals". I know that he will rally his teammates and make sure that he makes a deep run this postseason.

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The Indiana Pacers came racing out of the blocks and stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 98-80 win in Game One of the play-offs.

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