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Playoffs Round 1 Series Recap: Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers Sweep Indiana Pacers 4-0, Advance to Round 2

With Sunday’s 106-102 win over the Indiana Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the series sweep. Despite the sweep, it was a closer series than most people realize considering each game was a six point deficit or less. If the Miles hit the game-winner in Game 1 and if the Pacers didn’t blow their huge lead in Game 3, the series would have been tied 2-2. However, those were only hypotheticals and the fact of the matter is that the Cavaliers won.

LeBron James showed no remorse as he entered in his, “playoff mode,” ripping apart the Pacers in points and his infamous chase down blocks. In the third quarter of today’s game, the Cavaliers outscored the Pacers by five as they marched to victory in Indiana. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love also had a big series, and they were all lucky enough to make it out without injuries (can’t say the same for the LA Clippers and Utah Jazz.)

Throughout the series, Paul George played valiantly, Lance Stephenson was his usual instigating self while also putting in work, and Thaddeus Young definitely had a good hustle. Although, George’s performance throughout the series and in past games have led to many questions such as is he actually a super star player? We’ll let you decide.

The victory today assured the Cavaliers a full week’s rest before either facing the young and powerful Milwaukee Bucks or the familiar Toronto Raptors – the same Raptors who the Cavaliers beat last year in the playoffs 4-2. Having the oldest roster in the league, the rest is vital for the Cavaliers. The time off will also help them to work out the kinks, grow as a team and practice, and for coach Tyronn Lue to keep the momentum going.

Game 1: 109-108 Cleveland

Game 2: 117-111 Cleveland

Game 3: 119-114 Cleveland

Game 4: 106-102 Cleveland

 


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