Death, Taxes, and the Indiana Pacers vs LeBron James

Oladipo: Gilbert remarks 'added fuel to the fire'

Death, Taxes, and the Indiana Pacers vs LeBron James

Therefore, if the Cavaliers are able to control the tempo, they will control the series. "And this time he's mad".

The playoff rivalry between LeBron James and Indiana Pacers forward Lance Stephenson was renewed in Sunday afternoon's Game 1 between the Cavs and Pacers.

Game one starts at 3:30 p.m.in Cleveland.

Can it be done? It's not surprising, since they have what many consider to the best player on the planet. Many people assumed the Pacers were entering a rebuilding stage, especially after they traded away Paul George.

It's hard to imagine it being that easy this year as the Pacers are a more well-balanced squad.

Sabonis showed the savvy and toughness that his old man displayed while playing for years in Portland. On Sunday, we got just that.

IN surprised the critics and won 48 games and lost 34, fifth in the East and matching the record of Oklahoma City, with Russell Westbrook, George and Carmelo Anthony.

As the Cavaliers went 3-1 this season against the Pacers, the four-time MVP has been his excellent self - doubling-up in each of the first three losses and netting his eighth triple-double of the season in Cleveland's January 26 win. It was only the fourth time in the history of the franchise that in had a winning road record (21-20). Indicative of the Cavs' shooting struggles was the fact that Love was held scoreless until hitting a 3-pointer from the right corner with 1:51 left in the half.

At last count, they led the National Basketball Association in comeback wins. J.R. Smith scored 15 points off the bench.

They were 10-1 in games decided by three points or less. Not always do they need to push, especially considering the athleticism of IN, but at times, it could reap benefits.

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Jason Perez had two goals and three assists in the loss, with Dylan Dubitzky and Spencer Sands adding an assist each. Virginia scored four of the last six goals in the last 12 minutes, allowing them to tie the game at 6-6.

Cavs minute: They lost three of four to the Pacers this season, but all the games were prior to February 8, when the Cavs traded six players.

All-Star guard Victor Oladipo led all scorers with 32 points, going 6-for-9 from 3-point range, to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and four steals in his first postseason game in a Pacers uniform.

James continually defies his age, posting one of his best statistical seasons of his career.

Five different teams have been swept aside during this run: Milwaukee (2013), Charlotte (2014), Boston (2015), Detroit (2016) and a year ago, Indiana.

Only four players remain from the 2016 Cleveland team that won it all.

But there was that Monster to deal with. IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different.

It's not that Gilbert was out of line or anything with his comment - plenty of people had their doubts about that trade at the time - but it is a reminder that sometimes what you say can come back to bite you.

If anything, the Pacers are due against LeBron.

The Raptors and Wizards split the season series 2-2, typical of a season where Washington played best against quality competition.

They counted out the Pacers in July, October and now in April. I feel where I need to be and I'm healthy going into the postseason - as healthy as you can be going into the postseason. What I am saying is that this years playoff matchup is different. "I was only 20", he said.

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