LeBron James' free agency plans questioned after loss to Indiana Pacers


The Pacers snapped both streaks with a 98-90 Game 1 win over the Cavaliers yesterday.

Oladipo led the Pacers with 32 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start.

A three-pointer by J.R. Smith from the right side with 3:37 left in the third quarter gave the Cavaliers a temporary spark and cut the in lead to 69-53.

James posted 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Smith told First Take: "I don't blame him". The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. I mean he was really feeling it this game and I simply don't think he will have that efficient and great of a shooting performance this series.

This is all new to James, who had won 21 consecutive first-round games and lost a postseason for the first time in his 13th playoffs. "We take it one game at a time and whether we win or we lose, we want to come out and be better than we were in our last game". Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence. As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 38 percent from the field and eight of 34 from the three-point line but maybe we should just credit the Pacers' defense for this one because the Cavaliers certainly had plenty of wide open looks in that first quarter.

Still, LeBron James isn't anxious.

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"Stay calm, stay composed, play the game I have all year long", Oladipo said of the key to his overwhelming day. Led by Victor Oladipo, Indiana is tough and on a mission.

With his seventh field goal of the night James passed Michael Jordan for the most postseason field goals in league history, and now resides in second place with 2,189 scores in the playoffs.

The Wine and Gold have just four players on their roster from that historic title-winning squad and are missing the brilliance of Kyrie Irving to help James carry the load.

McMillan, it should be noted, never presented Gilbert's comments to the Pacers to try to hype them up for the series, but he acknowledged the impact they might have had as they found their way back to his team on their own. "They're going to pressure us". Game 2 tips off Wednesday night in Cleveland.

"We were just sloppy with the ball".

"We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting and they definitely. Obviously, you expect to win every game you approach out there on the floor, especially here at home, but we'll go back to the drawing board and be ready for Game 2". They have LeBron, after all, and they were on national television 39 times.

If you've been following the NBA based on national broadcasts this year, you'd probably think the Cavs were clearly better than the Pacers. In the final minute of the first quarter, he caught the ball at the top of the key and drove down the lane, rising up over Cleveland forward Jeff Green for a vicious right-handed dunk that gave IN a 30-10 lead.