Kevin Love wants to take leadership role with Cavaliers in playoffs


The Pacers did force 16 Cleveland turnovers but after cashing in on them early to jump out to that big lead, they got a bit complacent. We'll look at IN going up against Cleveland IN this piece IN a matchup which ended 3-1 IN favor of the Pacers IN the regular season.

Though optimistic about raising the Larry O'Brien trophy, Love has expressed some concern about James and his forthcoming decision this summer. It seemed that LeBron acted like a clean swipe by Stephenson was flagrant, which prompted a long review.

"You usually go nine", Lue said, according to ESPN. "But only one person knows what he's thinking and that's "Bron".

"I'm down 0-1 in the first round, I was down 3-1 in a finals so I'm the last guy to ask about how we are going to feel the next couple of days". Mentally and physically, I'm where I should be right now.

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on. The Cavs still feature the best player on the floor in the series, but they don't feature the same type of team that the Pacers do. He's looking to lead his team into the Finals for an unbelievable eighth straight season, four straight in Cleveland after four in a row in Miami.

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IN continued their success against the Cavaliers as they beat them for the fourth time in five meetings this season, counting the regular season. Each June, a meeting with the Golden State Warriors was all but guaranteed.

One of the most dominant postseason players in National Basketball Association history, James is undefeated in Game 1 of any opening series, a flawless 12-0 since making his playoff debut with the Cavaliers back in 2006. Oladipo had a 33/8/5 and a 25/6/7 game vs. Cleveland, and while the Cavs tended to let other guys beat them (letting Lance Stephenson get 16/11/4 stung a bit), Oladipo is the engine.

We will have to wait it see if LeBron James and company can make some magic one more time. They're still the favorites, of course. LeBron James has historically hit another gear in the postseason. His run with the Cavaliers, however, could end after this postseason. Kevin Love's play has also been a big plus this season and expect him to help Cleveland win the rebounding battle in the series.

Since that major roster shakeup, the Cavs are 19-10 with the East's fourth-best net rating (4.0), trailing the 76ers (11.1), Raptors (7.5) and Heat (4.3). IN is a talented team with quality scoring depth and this one should be no different.

"I think that's in the back of the mind", Love said. "I think it's always something that is potentially on the mind".