Here's The Last Time LeBron Lost A First Round Game

Now that they've been paired up against the Cavaliers, Indiana will be vying to duplicate the success they had against Cleveland in the regular season. The Cavaliers ended with a 50-32 record.

They won 21 road games.

Sunday's showdown will be the LeBron's 24th career postseason meeting against IN, bringing a 16-7 mark into Game 1.

After trading Paul George over the offseason, some pundits had the Pacers headed for the Lottery. They could also send Victor Oladipo, the team's second-best defender per NBAMath's TPA statistic, out on him, but they rely on him too much on the offensive end to have him be out there all game long. LeBron is having another masterful season at the age of 33 as he averaged 27.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game with a 28.65 PER.

This outstanding season has made Oladipo the frontrunner for the Most Improved Player Award.

All that is certain is Cleveland will take on IN to begin the postseason.

The Cleveland Cavaliers enter the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs in a situation much like the one they found themselves in a year ago.

Firstly, the Cavaliers are stacked with talent.

Personally I find it a bit ironic that the Pacers have to go through LeBron one more time. In the backcourt, it will be Rodney Hood and George Hill. As a result, the Cavaliers gave away home court advantage in the series, at least for the moment.

"He definitely understands that, going to The Finals, that the quicker you can get a series over and get some rest is the best way to do it", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.

He's also never lost the opening game of a series, which bodes well for his latest Cavs group [VIDEO].

Cleveland was ice cold out of the gates and things didn't get better as the game wore on.

This is because the Indiana Pacers have often struggled to score this season.

"The regular season is different", Pacers point guard Darren Collison said.

And why not, The Monster will get the benefit of the doubt on ever whistle and he is still the best player in the world. Not only that, but they would dominate the Cavaliers 98-80.

Lack of effort, poor communication and shuffling new players in and out of the rotation has plagued the Cavs all season.

It's no secret the Cavaliers have been a defensive abomination for most of the season. Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers ranked 24th.

In terms of individual matchups, the Pacers should feel pretty good about the way their top players shredded the Cavaliers' bad defense. IN will try to force switches and get Love, JR Smith, Calderon, or Clarkson on him, and that will be the biggest test for the Cavaliers. If the Cavaliers can do this successfully, it should be a quick and easy series.

  • Julie Sanders