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The first round of the NBA Playoffs continues today with three crucial Game 2s. Follow here for the latest analysis and commentary from NBA reporter Tim Bontemps of The Post and ask him questions in the comments. Experience the games of last night here.
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• Leaving Victor Oladipo on the bench will not work for the Pacers.
• Cavaliers tremble the lineup … and they clearly wanted more insult
• LeBron James is in an unusual situation Position: 0-1 in a first-round playoff series
Forty-eight minutes in an NBA Game is really an eternity.
We've seen countless early leads evaporating over the course of the game and the losers The team is doing a run to make things interesting.
If one of the teams involved is the Cleveland Cavaliers, it is guaranteed to happen.
So it's no surprise that the Indiana Pacers could do it This game is interesting in the second quarter. The reintroduction of Victor Oladipo, shocking, has seen Indiana start beating shots again. And with LeBron James sitting on the bench in the first few minutes of the second quarter, it was even less surprising that Oladipo could lead the Pacers back into the game.
The question, however, is whether Indiana has had to pay off too much energy to prevent this game again, to prevent Cleveland reopening it in the later stages of the first half.
Cavaliers meet again three
In Game 1, Cleveland – the team that reached third place – the most three-pointers per game of a team in the NBA this season – went only 8 for 34 off deep. Indiana – the team that scored the 25th most three-points per game this season – scored 11 for 28.
That was always likely to go back to the average. And in the first quarter of Game 2, it did.
Indiana got only two three-point attempts – and missed both. Cleveland has since become 5 out of 10 for 10 out of three, with four different players making one (and LeBron James made 2 of 4 on the way to 20 points).
If the Pacers can not make three more baskets out of three, then Math Equation will not only work in Indiana's favor.
Nate McMillan has decided to leave Victor Oladipo on the bench after the Pacers In Game 2 it went thanks to a basketball by LeBron James from Down 6 down 16.
Oladipo has two fouls, yes. But Oladipo has fouled out of just one game in his five seasons in the NBA. The chances that he even fights out of this game in the early calls against him, are low.
The Pacers' chances of winning this game are now that McMillan has left him on the bench while James has launched this nuclear game. Indiana has problems with normal scoring – let alone with her only true creator on the bench.
The longer he stays there, the worse Indiana's chances of winning become.
Not the best start if you are Indiana
So in the first 78 seconds of Cavaliers-Pacers we have:
– LeBron James scores six points on three Baskets
– Victor Oladipo is called because of a rematch injury.
– Victor Oladipo charged with indictment
– Victor Oladipo is called for a second foul and takes 62 seconds into the match.
Let's just say that was not the beginning of the Pacers for.
Cavaliers shatter the line-up … and they clearly want more o ffsense
The starting lineup, which was supposed to go through the playoffs for the entire Cleveland Cavaliers race, lasted for a game.
After the Cavaliers were knocked out of the Indiana Pacers in the opening match of their first round-robin series, Coach Tyrant Lue leaned toward the strengths of his team – offensive, and specifically shooting the three – and started Game 2 on Wednesday night with one Start five by George Hill, Kyle Korver, JR Smith, LeBron James and Kevin Love.  This should be a devastating attack, with four top-notch three-point shooters surrounding James. Cleveland has to put his outside shot back on track after scoring an 8 for 34 in lap one behind the bow, and that should be enough.
What it will not do, however, is to give the Cavs a lot of defense. The truth is that Cleveland does not have much of a chance to stop anyone anyway. There will have to be a goal to win – and this line-up should give him a chance to score a lot.
LeBron James is in an unusual position: 0-1 in a first-round playoff series
Before the Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out of the Indiana Pacers in Game 1, James had 21 straight playoff games in the first Round won – through to Game 4 of the Miami Heat series against the New York Knicks in 2012. The Cavaliers are 36-5 in the last three seasons in the Eastern Conference since James returned to Northeast Ohio in 2014.
Now, though, Cleveland goes into Wednesday night's Game 2 against Indiana with the very real opportunity to go 0-2 in the series and stare the Cavaliers in the face – a moment that James said should not be surprising to it Arrived, how turbulent Cleveland's season was.  "I think we spent so much time trying to figure out who we were in the regular season and getting the right lineups and guys in and out, and we never could build things like that for the playoffs It was kind of built for the next game, "James told reporters Wednesday morning. "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 need be ready or your season could be in danger. Indiana beat Cleveland 4-1 this season and former DeMatha star Victor Oladipo plays at all-NBA levels.
It's unlikely the Pacers 11 will shoot back for 28 of the three (they were 25th in the NBA in three-pointers this season), just because it's unlikely the Cavaliers will shoot 8 for 34 (they were third). But it will be more than a backlash until Cleveland looks better than the lackluster performance on Sunday.
And if not, the cavaliers might have less time to build than James or anyone else could have expected.
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