Cleveland Cavaliers v Indiana Pacers NBA Playoffs Series Preview: Lineups, preview & predictions

At last count, they led the National Basketball Association in comeback wins.

No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers (50-32) vs.

While I am not surprised by James' ability to get triple doubles as his game has evolved, it was definitely surprising to learn that he has never played all 82 games before.

"You usually go nine", he said.

IN surprised the critics and won 48 games and lost 34, fifth in the East and matching the record of Oklahoma City, with Russell Westbrook, George and Carmelo Anthony.

However they defend him, it's clear the Pacers have a way of getting to LeBron James, especially Lance Stephenson.

"They're fifth in the East and they've been playing well all season and you gotta really commend Nate for what he's done with that team". Despite an injury-riddled season in which the Cavaliers' roster morphed twice and despite being surrounded by a supporting cast that included rookies and just three holdovers from Cleveland teams he dragged to three straight NBA Finals, James played every game and powered through his 15th pro season like it was another helpless defender in the lane.

November 1: The Pacers snapped a nine-game losing streak at The Q - handing the Wine & Gold their fourth straight loss in the process, scoring at least 30 points in all four quarters and hitting on 62 percent from beyond the arc in a one-sided 124-107 win. James finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 10:33. He's won 48 of them.

During a summer press conference, after new general manager Koby Altman answered a question about a potential trade with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George that fell through, Gilbert followed up with: "I will say that Indiana could've done better than it did". However, after the Cavaliers lost to the Philadelphia 76ers last week, they fell to the 4 seed and could never reclaim the third spot. In a topsy-turvy season in Cleveland, the one constant has been the one-man wrecking ball that's James and he's led them to another strong season on offense.

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NY blew out Cleveland in the season finale 110-98, but James and many other starters played limited minutes and Love was not in the game.

Fratello's stingy squad stole Game 3 - 86-77 - back at the then-Gund Arena, but that Pacers squad was loaded with the likes of Reggie Miller, Chris Mullin, Dale Davis, Mark Jackson, Jalen Rose and Smits.

LeBron has gone full supernova (Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March/April after averaging 29.6 PPG, 9.4 RPG and 9.5 APG in that stretch).

As a fan, it has been one of the most enjoyable years that I can remember.

The NBA odds for the playoffs list the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Vegas favorite to win the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 Sunday games, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 vs.

Game 5 if necessary would be back at The Q on April 25 at a time to be determined.

Team LeBron forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers (23) is named MVP of the 2018 NBA All Star Game following the victory against Team Stephen at Staples Center.

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