Oladipo had a corporation that combined with Darren Collison and Bojan Bogdonovic to shoot 9-for-27, including 3-for-13 out of the bow. Thaddeus Young grabbed 16 rebounds, but early saw gloves in the oven when he missed three point shots.
The Pacers distributed gold cloths in an arena labeled "Together" so fans could wave. But the team itself looked more disjointed and, except for a solid offensive execution in the third, was willing to settle.
Whether it was fatigue or just a really bad case of pinch-me-nerves trying to wipe out in the first round. A man forwarding his mail to The Finals every June, Indiana has not left Cleveland alone in this series but also in the postseason.
Any game that survives the Cavs is another chance for playoff newcomers like Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr. to add a little experience, feel a bit more comfortable. Each of them had his moments on Sunday, mainly in the first half.
And let's not forget how James handled a similar situation three years ago. Chicago had a chance to win 3-1
James Veto against a David sheet play-call towards the end, hit a dagger fadeaway out the left corner to defeat the Bulls and push a raiding team to six games in the finals at the end of his Cleveland season.
Any possible parallels, then and now?  "I do not know, it's visible," James said. "I mean, 3: 1 is a huge deficit and you never want to lose to someone 3-1, whether it's the first round or you're lucky enough to reach the finals, it's just too difficult."  It was for the Pacers, who are only to blame for themselves, to go high, 3: 1.
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