In Game 1 on Sunday, the Indiana Pacers clearly knew who they were as a team. Indiana was confident in how they wanted to attack Cleveland and what the defense was throwing at them (like Victor Oladipo). The Pacers knew how to defend and help. Indiana played with confidence.
LeBron attacked no discrepancies (and he disagrees), men stood around looking and waiting (apparently that LeBron took them over) and continued defending the LeBron lacking energy and Cavaliers looked like they had the whole season when they were 29th in the league.
What happened to the Cavaliers? LeBron James said this to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Quote by LeBron James on Wednesday looking back on the season and looking in the face of the 0-1 deficit the Cavs are in against Indiana: "I think we've spent so much time to find out who we were in the regular season and getting the right lineups and types in and out, and things of that sort, we could never build for the playoffs, it was kind of like building for the next game, so the postseason finally hit us and it hit us very well And I think that this can be the best teacher for us to know exactly what we should be ready for tonight. "
The Cavaliers had no time to establish a proper identity with this lineup, and that had one Influence the playoffs. The talent level around LeBron was this year compared to the last three.
Expect another Cavaliers team in Game 2 Tuesday, starting with an attacking LeBron James from the opening top – especially of Bojon Bogdanovic, the main defender stays on top of him. Look for Kevin Love to get more attention. Look for more J. R. Smith (maybe starting). Search for the Cavaliers to play with some desperation.
But does this team already have an identity? Have you built the confidence and the habits to get through with the Pacers? And if so, what about a Toronto team that finds its groove.
If the Cavaliers do not have this identity and come up short, there will be a very wild offseason in Cleveland.