Victor Oladipo says Dan Gilbert's remarks added 'fuel to the fire'

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The loss was the first by James in a first-round National Basketball Association playoff series since 2012 when his Miami squad lost to NY.

The rest of the Cavs' starters managed just 25 points between them as Tyronn Lue's team fell well short of their collective offensive potential.

Game 2 will also be in Cleveland, with that Wednesday night contest set to tip off just after 7 p.m. "I think it's important that we get off to a good start, as we did last night, and not allow them to run us out of the building early".

Ten months later, both George and Oladipo are thriving for their respective teams, helping them secure Game 1 wins in the playoffs.

They're confident - and they're no longer a secret. He has been putrid at times this year, but Smith's biggest games with Cleveland have come under the brightest lights in the playoffs.

In Cleveland's 98-80 loss Sunday in Game 1 - the Cavs scored fewer points just once in the regular season - James had six points on 1-for-6 shooting over the first and fourth periods, while Indiana's Victor Oladipo had 21 on 7-for-11.

Led by Victor Oladipo's 32-point, tough-shot-after-tough-shot performance, IN outplayed, outhustled and outlasted Cleveland, giving the Pacers a 4-1 record this season against the three-time defending conference champions. After leading the league in minutes during the regular season, he totalled 44 minutes to start the postseason.

Didn't know that, did you? But that makes it all the more important for IN to shore up any deficiencies they saw on film.

Paul George and Russell Westbrook steered the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 116-108 win over the Utah Jazz.

But the lack of attention doesn't faze Pacers.


The Celtics featured five players with at least 19 points in their 113-107 overtime game-one win over the Bucks. Al Horford led the way with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

"He has to be aggressive and set the tone early", Lue said. I thought we kind of lost it there for a little bit in that second half.

"I've never lost Game 1 of the first round before in my career?" he said, shocked. "They called it. I don't care." - and volunteered to go at James again as the series continues. The Pacers aren't flashy, but fundamental.

Another adjustment to watch out for is that Lue wants Kevin Love to demand in the post and to be physical in those engagements.

They've been successful by following coach Nate McMillan's simple formula: share the ball, stop your man and stay connected. But the titan that is LeBron James still looms. It just hasn't been magnified.

Take, for instance, what 30-year-old point guard Darren Collison had to say at Monday's practice.

"Stiff. Stiff. Couldn't do a lot today", Lue said.

"They came in and they attacked us and they were aggressive". For us, it's about going out and giving all we have playing the game the right way, playing the game together. We can do better in a lot of different areas.

"But this team here, we're all in". "We were into them, making them make tough passes, making them take tough shots". We try to work in unison each and every day. Even though he had a good game, his advice for the team is to focus on the next one.

"We've got to be better", Collison said.

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