Cavs Early Playoff Trouble

Cavs Early Playoff Trouble

Ryan O'Toole

Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavs have dropped the first game of Round 1 in the NBA Playoffs to the Indiana Pacers. While it seems like a minor event, and more than likely is, it makes the news because prior to this loss; whatever team Lebron was playing for, in a first-round series won the game, 21 times. That’s right Lebron and company had dominated every game of the first round for the past 21 games.

The game took place on Sunday, April 15th. Cleveland fell behind early while the Pacers seamlessly dominated the first quarter; they never looked back. The game saw Indiana soundly defeat Cleveland, 98 to 80. there were several X-factors that contributed t the loss: Indiana star, Victor Oladipo dropped a cool 32 points. The Pacers as a whole shot close to 40 percent from behind the arc. finally from the Pacers- Lance Stephenson tried, and to an extent succeeded, at getting in Lebron’s head.

The Cavs shortcomings included: Starter Jeff Green (who should be banned from the Q for his performance) scored a whole zero points along with rookie Cedi Osman who only got two minutes on the court, Thompson, who also got a whopping 2 minutes of play-time, Jose Calderon who shot o-3 from the field and, guard Kyle Korver who also shot 0-3 from the field, all scoring ZERO points. That is just the beginning. None of the Cavs starters scored more than 10 points, bar Lebron James, and the highest second scorer behind Lebron’s 24 points was JR Smith with 15. Finally, to top off the general lack of effort or hustle the Cavs shot 38% from the field and an atrocious 23 percent from behind the three-point line.

Game Two of the series will be played April 18th at the Q and it is a MUST win for Cleveland.