LeBron James on playoffs: 'Go out and try to dominate'

Randolph Lopez
April 15, 2018

The Cavaliers swept the Pacers out of the first round a year ago, though both teams are markedly different. He's a potential free agent this summer, and it could mark the final passage of his epilogue in Cleveland and his forward in a new city.

James is fully aware of the threat they possess and was asked about the matchup after Wednesday's season finale.

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

With Philadelphia beating Milwaukee, the Cavs are the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face in in the opening round.

IN won the regular season series with the Cavaliers, 3-1.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup is 7 p.m. April 18 at The Q. The series shifts to IN for Game 3 at 7 p.m. April 20 and Game 4 at 8:30 p.m. April 22. They face a tough task of slowing down LeBron James, but they took three out of four games against the Cavs in their regular-season series. It could be my last run, too, so you just never know.

According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Cavaliers have a 50 percent chance to win the conference and an 11.1 percent chance to win it all. If I had to pick something they've been great at, it'd probably be forcing turnovers, which they're third at, with Oladipo leading the league at 2.36 steals a game. Game 7 would be April 29 at Quicken Loans Arena.

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LeBron James said the Cavaliers are "sharp in the mind" as they head into this first-round series with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

While Cleveland's season was highly irregular, James had another brilliant one. It isn't expected to keep him out of the postseason and he's probable for the opening game.

In a report on Friday from Odds Shark, the first-round NBA Playoff series odds are listed for the Eastern and Western Conference matchups.

James has faced the Pacers in the postseason four times during his career. He came into the game against NY averaging 27.7 points with career-highs in assists, 9.2, and rebounds 8.7. IN gave James" Heat everything they could handle in three series matchups - taking Miami to six games in the East Semis in 2012 and to seven and six games in the Conference Finals in "13 and '14. This season, those numbers were 17.6 and 9.3. Led by Victor Oladipo, they shocked everybody with their prolific offense and high energy.

Lue refused to name his full starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1.

The Cavs swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago, but Lue warned this is a different in team. The Wizards struggled down the stretch, losing nine of the last 12. Only the Houston Rockets and Nets have made more 3s and expect another 3-point barrage from them in this series.

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