The defending NBA Champion Cavaliers will try to go up 2-0 in their First Round series against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night. Tipoff for Game 2 from Quicken Loans Arena is at 7:00 p.m. (ET).
With Saturday’s thrilling 109-108 victory in Game 1, the Cavs have now won 12 straight playoff games at The Q over Eastern Conference opponents.
WTAM 1100, 87.7 FM La Mega
Joe G. has your five keys to a victory.
Learn more about Monday’s matchup.
Discuss on Wine & Gold Nation.
Dating back to the 2015 postseason, the Cavs hold a 25-4 playoff record against Eastern Conference opponents, which includes a 14-1 mark at home.
Game 1 turned into a shootout at The Q as the Cavaliers hit 11 three-pointers in Game 1, the team’s 66th game with at least 10 triples since the start of the 2016-17 season.
Both teams shot very well from the field with the Cavs converting on 42-of-78 (.538) field goal attempts. Since March 25, 2014 (regular and postseason), the Cavs have won 56 consecutive home games when shooting .500 or better from the field.
Game 2 will be about which team can make the proper adjustments by forcing their opponent into tougher shots as they look to build momentum before the series shifts venues.
History is already against Indiana. The Cavaliers have won 15 of 16 postseason series after winning Game 1, and if they can’t bounce back on Monday, it gets even bleaker. The Cavs have never lost a Playoff series (12-0) after taking a 2-0 lead.
Where to Catch the Action
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, NBA on TNT
Radio: WTAM 1100, 87.7 La Mega
Programming Note: On Wednesday, FOX Sports Ohio is carrying the Reds-Pirates game (7:00 p.m.), Blue Jackets–Penguins playoff game (7:30 p.m.), and the Cavs–Raptors game (8:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.–>
For live in-game updates, follow @cavs, @CavsJoeG, @CavsFredMcLeod, @MrCavalier34, @CavsJMike and @chones22 on Twitter.
Probable Starters/Status Update*
#2 – Kyrie Irving
#5 – J.R. Smith
#23 – LeBron James
#0 – Kevin Love
#13 – Tristan Thompson
#44 – Jeff Teague
#11 – Monta Ellis
#13 – Paul George
#21 – Thaddeus Young
#33 – Myles Turner
Status Update: (Cavs) – None to Report
Status Update: (Pacers) – Al Jefferson, (Sprained Left Ankle, Questionable), Glenn Robinson III, (Sore Left Calf, Questionable)
*Subject to change.
Including the regular season and Saturday’s Game 1 win, the Wine and Gold have won eight straight home games over Indiana.
In his 200th career playoff game, LeBron James tallied his 88th career playoff double-double with a game-high 32 points on 12-20 (.600) shooting, a game-high 13 assists, six rebounds and three in 43 minutes; James moved past Tim Duncan (1,975) for 5th place all-time in postseason field goals made with his 11th bucket in the win.
Kyrie Irving finished with 23 points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes; Irving scored his 800th career playoff point and also moved past Brad Daugherty (782, 4th) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (784, 3rd) for third place on the Cavaliers playoff all-time scoring list.
Kevin Love finished with 17 points on 5-9 (.556) shooting from the field, four rebounds and two blocks while Tristan Thompson had eight points and a game-high 13 rebounds (six offensive).
For Indiana, Paul George finished with a team-high 29 points, five rebounds and a team-high seven assists in 41 minutes. Lance Stephenson tallied 16 points on 8-13 (.615) shooting, seven rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes off the bench.
The series shifts back to Indiana for a Thursday night Game 3 at 7 p.m. on FSO/TNT followed by a Sunday afternoon affair for Game 4 at 1 p.m. on ABC at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
TICKETS | SCHEDULE