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LeBron James reacts to question about being down 0-1

LeBron James reacts to question about being down 0-1

Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers stunned Cleveland in Game 1 of their series opener, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers 98-80. This season, the Pacers beat the Cavs three out of four, so this series figures to be a close, hard-fought affair. The Cavs trailed IN 14-33 to end the quarter.

Pacers will snap LeBron James's streak of 21 straight first-round playoff wins.

The Indiana Pacers aren't particularly great at anything, but they're pretty good at a lot of things.

Cleveland swept Toronto in last year's playoffs, and they defeated the Raptors in two games toward the end of this season.

When playing the Pacers, one of the more effective strategies they have used has been to "blitz" the dribbler to defuse a potential pick-and-roll run by Oladipo.

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Cavaliers are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line.

JR Smith was the only other Cleveland player reaching double-digit scoring - finishing with 15 points, as Kevin Love grabbed 17 rebounds, but was limited to nine points and the likes of Jeff Green, George Hill and Rodney Hood combined for 17 points. This year, Kyrie Irving will not be running the point.

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Lue plans to run with a 10-man rotation.

As for Cleveland's reserves, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon are in the rotational mix, with forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. being used depending on whom in has on the floor. Here's a look at some of the key factors in the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers matchup.

The five-time All-Star finished the season with 31 double-doubles and led Cleveland at 9.3 rebounds per, shooting a career-best 88 percent from the stripe. LeBron is having another masterful season at the age of 33 as he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game with a 28.65 PER.

The start of the National Basketball Association postseason means two major things for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

They were 10-1 in games decided by three points or less. The Pacers easily could have won the game by a bigger margin had they cashed in at the charity stripe and capitalized more on Cleveland's miscues.

Lance Stephenson developed a reputation for getting under James' skin during the Pacers-Heat rivalry. The NBA scene changes hugely on a week-to-week, day-to-day, and - depending on injury news - even a minute-to-minute basis, making every slate a unique one that requires an ever-changing approach. But with lineups changing on an nearly game-by-game basis over the final weeks of the season, it's been a moving target.

Lue refused to name his full starting lineup for Sunday's Game 1.