Key: Clash of the Titans
The Cavaliers as a team might not have faced off against Indiana in a postseason setting, but their leader has plenty of Playoff history against the Pacers.
LeBron James is coming off another historic campaign, and although he’ll likely cede his spot in the MVP race, the King still made history by becoming the first player in NBA history to average at least 25.0 points, 8.0 boards and 8.0 assists while shooting better than 54 percent from the floor for the season.
LeBron played in the final three meetings of the season between these two clubs – averaging 32.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor in those games.
Of course, the one that’s still fresh in fans’ memories is his massive 41-point triple-double on April 2 – going 16-for-29 from the floor, adding a game-high 16 boards, 11 assists, two steals and a block.
James’ effort spoiled an equally-herculean performance by Paul George, who led everyone with 43 points on 16-for-33 shooting, including 6-of-16 from deep to go with nine boards, nine assists, three steals and a block.
George, who comes into the postseason averaging 31.6 points per over his last nine regular season games, averaged 21.5 points through the first two games against Cleveland this year, but James held him to just 13 points on 4-for-19 shooting in Cleveland’s February 15 win in Indy.