NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview And Prediction

NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Preview And Prediction

That will depend on LeBron James. A win in Cleveland before returning to Indy is a must. "I think we've been nine in the past, but I think it's going to be important to go 10 for us".

The Wine & Gold's reward is a First Round date with the only Eastern Conference team that holds a winning mark against them this season - the Indiana Pacers.

Each and every player on this team feels like they have been underappreciated at some point throughout their career. And before they tip off the Central Division brawl this Sunday at The Q, here's a quick six-step primer to get your ready ...

The skinny: LeBron James is arguably the greatest first-round player in National Basketball Association history (and, arguably, maybe the best ever, period).

But the coaching staff and players can now fully entrench themselves in trying to do something that no team has ever been able to do--beat a LeBron James-led team in the playoffs.

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The Pacers have also been good at defending the 3-point shot, ranking 5th in 3 point % allowed, at a measly 34.9% which is going to be vital against the Cavaliers. This year provides a hard path, though, because they are the fourth-seeded team in the Eastern Conference and wouldn't have home-court advantage in a series against the Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics or Philadelphia 76ers.

Can the Pacers "shock the world"--a phrase they dropped several times after Thursday's practice?

Fratello's stingy squad stole Game 3 - 86-77 - back at the then-Gund Arena, but that Pacers squad was loaded with the likes of Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Dale Davis, Mark Jackson, Jalen Rose and Smits. If they make the Finals, they'll be the lowest seeded team to make it since the 4th seeded Boston Celtics made it to the 2010 Finals. But all four of those games were before their deadline day trades that retrofitted the roster.

Lue refused to name his full starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1. Game 2 is slated for Wednesday night in Cleveland at 7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports Ohio & TNT. Game 2 will be played in Cleveland on Wednesday before the series heads to in for Games 3 and 4 on Friday, April 20 and Sunday, April 22. It isn't expected to keep him out of the postseason and he's probable for the opening game.

Cleveland has dealt with a lot of turmoil this season with almost a full team roster transition to accompany LeBron James and Kevin Love.

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"It seems like - for the first time all year - we're all healthy", Love told Cavs Nation.

It's the fifth time in the last seven years the Pacers have faced LeBron James in the postseason. They still will be hosting at least a first-round series with the fourth seed.

In four meetings against the Pacers this campaign, James averaged 28.8 points on.558 shooting to go with 10.3 rebounds and 8.5 assists.

The regular season is finally out of the way and now we can get down to business. Myles Turner admitted Friday afternoon. Victor Oladipo addressed the crowd before Tuesday's regular-season finale and stated "We're not done yet".

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