Three Things Cavaliers Must Do Better in Game Two

Indiana Pacers bench comprised of the starters stand to watch the closing seconds of the game. Mandatory Credit Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and IN outplayed Cleveland from the start while pulling off a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday IN the series opener, handing James and the Cavaliers' their first loss IN the opening round IN eight years.

First-round play-off games LeBron James won before Cleveland's opening defeat by Indiana.

"I've always stayed even-keeled with the postseason", James said after registering his 20th career playoff triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

It started during LeBron's four-year run with the Miami Heat, who had to get by some very tough Indiana Pacers teams in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

"You could say it added fuel to the fire, I guess you could say", Oladipo said after Game 1. Cleveland at one point lost 11 of 15 games, played no defense, their role players stunk, there was a massive divide in the locker room, and the cloud of LeBron possibly leaving after the season was generating constant chatter.

Cleveland's two All-Stars have to do more - and do it sooner as well as later - when the Cavs host the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of a best-of-seven series Wednesday at 7 p.m.at Quicken Loans Arena. If we miss, we miss, but I think we were tight with all our shots, and we've got to hit some free throws as well. "We're just going to keep proving everyone wrong and play together".

While this is by no means a death sentence for the Cavaliers, with all the questions surrounding their roster, a blowout loss in the opening playoff game is not a good way to silence the critics. During the regular season, IN was just 3-11 when being held to 95 points or less.

Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs.

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"He has to be aggressive and set the tone early", Lue told Dave McMenamin of ESPN. He proved to the nation that they should not take him lightly and he can perform well on the big stage.

His teammates' heads aren't spinning after the series-opening win over the Cavs, who swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago.

"We've been playing like this all year", Oladipo said. "We all know what Vic can do and we know what type of player he is", Thaddeus Young said.

With this team, though, we also wouldn't be the least bit shocked if Indy took the first round to seven games.

These games don't matter, right?

Rozier added three free throws to provide the final margin. He makes elite defensive plays, blows by defenders with his speed and stops on a dime to hit pull-up 3-pointers. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler's shot was short.

James Harden scored 44 points as the Houston Rockets held on for a 104-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. This contributed to them scoring 38 points in the paint on 18 fastbreak points.

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