But while he knows the narrative before Wednesday's Game 2 will be on the struggles of Cleveland's playoff newcomers, James isn't anxious.
"We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting, and they definitely".
National Basketball Association fans, this is Indiana.
Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points while Myles Turner added 16 points and 8 rebounds as IN jumped out to a 32-14 lead IN the first quarter and were hardly challenged outside of a 27-point third quarter by Cleveland. It just hasn't been magnified.
Oladipo is a superstar and now everybody can see why on this "magnified" stage.
The Cavs made just 8 of 34 3-pointers in Game 1, with Love and J.R. Smith (3-for-6, 15 points) hitting six. At the time, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert chided IN as he declared that they got less for George than what Cleveland had offered.
"It's a chess game", said Darren Collison. "I'm just focused on my team".
"I'm a little dizzy right now", he joked before Monday's workout. They're going to be ready, on both ends of the floor, but so are we. Bogey can scoot, and did so very well in game one.
"We haven't paid attention to what people have been saying all season long", said Head Coach Nate McMillan.
Maybe this is the postseason in which we're reminded that getting to the Finals can be an absolute grind.
The Indiana Pacers hammered the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Victor Oladipo is better than Paul George right now and the Pacers are better off with their current roster.More news: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Name Alexi Lubormirski as Royal Wedding Photographer
"I will say that IN could've done better than that". "You could say it added fuel to the fire". Can't control his opinion.
If I made the claim that Victor Oladipo was better than Paul George at this point past year, I would have been made out as an idiot who had never watched basketball before. The Pacers punished the 29th ranked Cavaliers defense with 38 points in the paint to lead the Cavs the entire game.
"It's the playoffs. One game means absolutely nothing", said Oladipo.
This loss was shocking for the Cavs and LeBron.
Cleveland is going to have to make some adjustments, and those tweaks should be based off these three takeaways from Game 1.
Every Pacers player seemed to echo those sentiments to reporters afterwards.
LeBron James had a performance to remember on a night to forget.
Gilbert's remark got back to Oladipo, who said Sunday that he was "aware of it".
"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said. We planning on winning. The Cavaliers are 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. But surprisingly, Cleveland's offense could not take advantage of the stops the defense got. Bojan Bogdanovic was just 5 of 17.
The Indiana Pacers are used to being dismissed. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota. "We can't play any worse than we did". For a couple minute stretch in the fourth quarter, he was looking like the Sabonis that Pacers fans came to love this season.
IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third.