Sport NBA playoffs 2018: Cavs' LeBron James unfazed by Game 1 loss to Pacers

05:35  16 april  2018
05:35  16 april  2018 Source:   Sporting News

NBA playoffs 2018: Cavs' LeBron James unfazed by Game 1 loss to Pacers

  NBA playoffs 2018: Cavs' LeBron James unfazed by Game 1 loss to Pacers The Cavaliers got their playoff campaign off to a shaky start against the Pacers, losing Game 1, 98-80, marking the first time LeBron James had lost a first-round game since 2012. Despite the lackluster effort on the Cavs' home floor Sunday afternoon, James insists that there is no time for panic."I'm down 0-1 in the first round. I was down 3-1 in the Finals," James said after the game. "I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple of days.""I'm down 0-1 in the first round. I was down 3-1 in the Finals. I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple of days.

play . LeBron : 'That was a good streak' (0:25). LeBron James reflects on the 13- game run the Cavs went on and how they plan to move forward after loss to Pacers .

April 8, 2018 . Heading into their Friday matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers last week during the 2017-18 NBA season, there was a lot on the line for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers . The worst loss was the Cavs first game in Indianapolis this season, mostly at the hands of Oladipo

The Cavaliers got their playoff campaign off to a shaky start against the Pacers, losing Game 1, 98-80, marking the first time LeBron James had lost a first-round game since 2012.

Despite the lackluster effort on the Cavs' home floor Sunday afternoon, James insists that there is no time for panic.

"I'm down 0-1 in the first round. I was down 3-1 in the Finals," James said after the game. "I'm the last guy to ask about how you're going to feel the next couple of days."

Lance Stephenson holding a basketball: Cavs forward LeBron James © (Getty Images) Cavs forward LeBron James

While Cleveland's defense has been the glaring issue heading into the playoffs, the Cavs couldn't seem to get going offensively either.

As a team, they shot just 8-of-33 (23.5 percent) from the 3-point line, and just 38.5 percent from the field. While LeBron did his thing, posting his 20th postseason triple-double (24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds), no other Cavs starter scored in double figures. Jeff Green, Kyle Korver, Jordan Clarkson and Jose Calderon combined to shoot just 1-for-17.

There's no situation LeBron hasn't seen in the playoffs, but this upstart Pacers unit is definitely not to be underestimated.

After dropping a game-high 32 points, Victor Oladipo said he had a little extra motivation, explaining that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's comments about the offseason trade that sent Paul George to Oklahoma City in exchange for Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis had added some fire to his game.

The Pacers won three of their four regular season games against the Cavs, and after stealing home court, anything is possible.

Game 2 takes place Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

NBA playoffs 2018: LeBron James has to be aggressive, Cavs’ Tyronn Lue says .
James finished with a triple-double (24 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds) in a 98-80 Game 1 loss Sunday.“(James) has to be aggressive and set the tone early," Lue told reporters Monday. "We talked about that today ... being aggressive early, setting the tone, especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along.

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