Everyone in the team's regular rotation has played in the playoffs before.
Instead, they might be looking at, gulp, a six- or seven-game series.
"He has to be aggressive and set the tone early", Lue told Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
Even honest observers couldn't say they saw Oladipo's breakout coming. "We've had many film sessions and one-on-one sessions to try to improve and he's shown that". "We've seen that a lot of times before. We can be better".
While Gilbert had nothing but doubts regarding the Pacers' offseason trade that brought Oladipo to IN, it seems he could learn a thing or two from them about how to evaluate and acquire unproven talent.
That talking point is right in line with the message Pacers head coach Nate McMillan has been preaching to his team since training camp. He made 8 of 11 shots from long range, and 13 of 20 shots overall. "We came into this game with a mentality that we wanted to attack on both ends of the floor and play the way we've been playing all year, and we did a great job of that".
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James admitted the revamped Cavaliers were surprised by the Pacers' explosive offence, but they would chalk it up as a lesson learnt ahead of Game 2 in Cleveland on Wednesday. Having them hitting shots that they normally make would help negate much of the improvements that Cleveland could make.
For Pacers center Myles Turner, better defensive communication is key.
With the Cavs down just eight after being behind by as many as 23, the four-time league MVP scored just four points on 1-for-3 shooting as Cleveland lost the fourth quarter 25-15. In Game 2 he is going to need to be more aggressive early, especially trying to score the ball.
Today was the biggest stage the Pacers have played on this season, the Sunday afternoon ABC slot for Indiana's opening playoff game in Cleveland. IN just ate them up (Oladipo had 4, Corey Joseph and Bojan Bogdanovic each had 3, and Darren Collison had 2). He said that adjusting to the pace of a playoff game was the hardest adjustment for them.
Cleveland was ultimately contained to only 80 points with 16 turnovers and they shot only 38.5 percent from the field, 23.5 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent on free throws.
"They're trying to get into our guards and trying to pressure, which is fine", Lue said. We take each and every step together. Just making them do stuff that they're normally not used to doing.
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As Collison noted on Tuesday, a playoff series is akin to "a chess match", and the Cavaliers have the next move.
But, he also spent most of the game looking either bad or being called for Captain America-pre-strength-serum weak foul calls.
Though LeBron remains confident in his ability to make a comeback, the same can not be said for his teammates, several of whom are making their playoff debuts. "I think everybody is going to be a lot more calm and a lot more precise in what we want to do, too". "They're going to pressure us". Last July, Gilbert said the Pacers "could've done better" in the George trade.
"I'm a little dizzy right now", he joked before Monday's workout.
After all, we know how this story typically ends. This is a talented team. Well, if we are hoping for LeBron to arrive in Los Angeles anytime soon, we should be hoping for an abnormally early exit for James and the Cavaliers.
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Whatever may come in game two, the Pacers to not expect it to mirror game one.