Tale of the Tape: Pacers vs Cavaliers

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The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar sounded ready for the playoffs and he believes they are still capable of winning the championship despite struggling late in the regular season. "It always surrounds this team and I'm used to it". Boston won in Golden State earlier this season but it's hard to imagine them actually beating the Warriors in a seven-game series.

"At the end of the day, I'm not going to harp on what happened in the regular season through injuries, through bad losses, through good wins, through whatever the case may be", James said. Cleveland may still have Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson in action, so they will give their all to try and get a win.

Not only did Cleveland lose four straight to finish the season and complete its fall from a four-game lead on Boston for first place on March 1, but the Cavs also went 10-14 since then and 23-23 over the last 46 games. IN is rolling into the playoffs behind Paul George's phenomenal play.

The game looked more like a preseason exhibition than a matchup between two of the league's top teams. When asked why he is so confident, he just said, "I've got the answer", and made a decision to keep it a secret. "It's going to be a bigger challenge for us this year". "I think we're playing good basketball and I think we can play better".

For whatever reason, Paul George is at his absolute best when he matches up against James. It is alarming that LeBron James did not have usual rest before the playoffs while their defense has been very shaky. During the 2013 ECF series, George averaged 19.4 points a night on 40.2 minutes per game. In addition, the Cavs have now won 12 consecutive games against Eastern Conference opponents at Quicken Loans Arena and 11 straight contests in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

George said James' support helped him pull through the months following his injury.

But the club's inconsistency and an outside belief they are vulnerable and can get knocked out before the Finals, Lue remains confident his team will step up when it matters most.

The Cavs as a team were second in the National Basketball Association with a whopping 1,067 3-pointers made this season - pretty far ahead of the third-ranked Boston Celtics' 985 shots made from behind the arc.

Afterward, James was serious, but spirited as he talked with reporters and assessed his team's odds in the East, where the road to the Finals figures to be much tougher than past years.

McMillan said he has no immediate plans to move Stephenson into the starting lineup.

That double overtime thriller on April 2 was the last game IN lost. He will be vital for opening up driving lanes for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

On Sunday, Cleveland was up 26 going into the fourth in Atlanta. The Pacers are just happy they're in the playoffs, although to show Paul George that he's on the right path towards a championship, it might be time for them to win a playoff series for the first time since 2014. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762) is second and Michael Jordan (5,987) is first. The Charge were eliminated from the playoffs Saturday by Tavares' Raptors 905 team. He had taken 2,922 shots in his first 363 games before Tuesday, and was 0-for-3 from beyond the arc, each a buzzer-beating heave.

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