3 takeaways from Game 1 vs. Pacers

Mike Wells previews the Pacers Cavaliers series

In the meantime, it's time for the king to take control.

In the end, it is just one loss but was a shocking one nonetheless.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.

As jolting as this result may be, it's neither a miracle nor a mirage.

"We were pressuring the ball", Pacers guard Lance Stephenson said. In their 48 regular season wins, they beat the Raptors once, the Warriors and the Spurs twice. At the time, Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert chided IN as he declared that they got less for George than what Cleveland had offered.

"We had some guys in their first time out there playing in this setting, and they definitely [struggled]", he said. He said he has to be more aggressive. His game did most of the talking.

IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third.

James ended up with a triple-double with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, but his slow start was a major reason the Cavaliers trailed, 33-14, at the end of the first quarter.

The Cavs could also turn to Tristan Thompson, who averaged 11 rebounds and shot 52.2 percent from the field in Cleveland's first-round sweep of the Pacers' last season, but has fallen out of the rotation this year due to lackluster production on the court (to say nothing of his well-documented personal strife off of it).

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If LeBron's initial disinterest was born out of a desire to get his teammates involved in the offense before he takes charge, it backfired badly as the rest of the starters combined for only 25 points. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts and had three turnovers.

Focus after the loss was placed on Jeff Green for going 0-for-7 from the field and grabbing only four rebounds.

LeBron's eagerness to get the other players involved is part of what has made him such a tremendous player throughout the years. Jose Calderon, who has never made it out of the first round before, went 0-for-3. You sorta try to remember that when you get too high or too low about what happened yesterday.

J.R. Smith poured in 15 points off the Cavaliers' bench while Myles Turner had 16 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 15 for Indiana.

Every now and then, they get the reaction Stephenson wants, like when he drew a technical foul on James in Indiana's 97-95 win over the Cavs on January 12. A year ago, the Pacers were going in different directions.

Trailing by those 17 points at intermission, the Cavaliers soon found themselves in even worse shape as they faced a 23-point deficit at 61-38 with 10:28 left in the third quarter. They were dominated and seemed intimidated by the LeBron mystique. Oladipo and Sabonis were both coming off of disappointing seasons with the Thunder, and the Pacers didn't receive any draft compensation in the trade.

Houston kept All-Star big man Towns in check, limiting him to just eight points.

LeBron is not exactly shaking in his Nikes.

In 2016, the only two contests in which an East team held the Cavs under 100 were Games 3 and 4 at Toronto in the East finals. As in seven straight Finals appearances.

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