Cleveland Cavaliers at Indiana Pacers - 4/23/17 NBA Playoffs Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Throughout the series, the Cavaliers were clicking on all cylinders offensively. "In coming off the bench, he added the passion we've been looking all season for".

Cleveland completed a sweep of IN, giving James the National Basketball Association record for a player for sweeps IN a career with 10.

The Cavaliers only exerted themselves defensively for two quarters this series: the third and fourth quarters of Game 3. Jamal Crawford chipped in 25 points off the bench for the Clippers.

It may sound simple, but obviously the Cavaliers still need James leading the way. They will have a little bit of time to so.

In addition to his trouble adjusting to life as a backup (he started all 40 games for Dallas this season), Williams was also struggling with the perpetual losing. For a team with its share of veterans, the increased rest will pay dividends in the second round. He became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games, and he also set a league record with his 10th career playoff sweep. "Ultimately, he (James) is who I'm always going to have to see and face".

James hit the go-ahead three-pointer with just over a minute remaining as the Cavs advanced to the Eastern Conference semi-finals via a 4-0 sweep.

And he's still a pretty good on-ball defender, too.

James drilled in a three-pointer in with 68 seconds left that paved the way for the Cavs the advantage.

"We were playing well and the energy was great, we were competing at a high level", said Jeff Teague of the final moments.

Russell Westbrook had 35 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists for the Thunder, but he was just 5 of 17 from the floor in the second half. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 43.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

The Indiana Pacers have major problems and more appear to be on the horizon.

The noose got tighter and tighter, and even teammate-blaming Paul George, who finished with 36 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, couldn't stop it.

At the 9:29 mark of the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers held a 96-83 lead, but a 19-4 scoring run helped the Pacers take a 102-100 lead after power forward Thaddeus Young got an offensive rebound and tipped in a missed shot from small forward Paul George.

INDIANAPOLIS-LeBron James stuck to the old script Sunday. That, Kyrie Irving floating in some of the toughest shots of the playoffs and a very strong Deron Williams performance was enough for Cleveland to close out the series.

Poor shooting, and poor body language.

"He's getting back to being D-Will". And again, he sent the Indiana Pacers home for vacation.

Don't look now, but Cleveland's second-round opponent could be the sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, who lead No. 3 Toronto 2-1 in their series.

Paul George has been the subject of a handful of rumors over the past few months, and the prevailing thought was that if nothing materialized in this playoffs that George could be on his way out (via trade). They head into one of the most important summers in franchise history.

  • Julie Sanders