Cavs coach seeks more aggressive LeBron James after National Basketball Association playoff loss

Cavs coach seeks more aggressive LeBron James after National Basketball Association playoff loss

"We were into them, making them make tough passes, making them take tough shots".

"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said.

The Indiana Pacers were in great form as they had won eight of their last 11 regular season games before pulling off the upset in a 98-80 win over the Cavaliers in Game 1 on Sunday.

It was the first time the Cavaliers lost in the first-round since LeBron returned to the team and James' first first-round loss since 2012 when he was still with the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers won four of the next five games and had a championship parade. "I mean, I'm down 0-1 in the first round".

And James is not the only one Lue wants to see more aggressiveness from when the Cavaliers take the floor for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series against the Pacers Wednesday night in Cleveland.

Cleveland was ultimately contained to only 80 points with 16 turnovers and they shot only 38.5 percent from the field, 23.5 percent from beyond the arc and 60 percent on free throws.

As for their offense, the Pacers will need to be prepared for the Cavs to blitz Victor Oladipo in the pick-and-roll. Korver's status will be updated on April 17.

"He just has to be more aggressive by attacking the basket and being more decisive offensively", Lue said. It would be a radical departure from Game 1 in which Thompson played only two minutes.

"People didn't expect us to do this well", Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said, leaning back in a cushioned chair at the end of Indiana's bench.

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They included Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. "Now, we're saying now it's not the time for us during a period of mourning to explain all of that".

Besides Larry Nance Jr and J.R. Smith, who pooled 21 points between them, the rest of the bench was ineffective. The scoring part is crucial for Cleveland because their defense has been abysmal all season long and we're way past the point where we can expect their mid-season personnel changes to have any serious effect at that end.

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

Two of the most significant performances of the opening weekend of the National Basketball Association playoffs came from two players who were traded for one another. "We talked about some of the things that Cleveland would do". "Especially for these new guys, bringing these guys along. But be ready to set a tone". The crowd at The Q was taken out of the game.

On Sunday, Victor Oladipo poured in 32 points to help the Indiana Pacers pull off a surprising upset of the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Paul George dropped 36 points on the Utah Jazz to help the Oklahoma City Thunder win their first game of the postseason.

"No, it's not enough", Lue said of Love's eight shots.

LeBron has forced himself out of series' holes in the past, most famously the 3-1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. He's got to demand the ball in the post. "He said he felt good and wanted to play more, but it won't be a steady diet of 44 minutes". They do the little things: boxing out, diving for loose balls, taking charges.

"We couldn't score the ball and obviously in this league, you've got to be able to score the ball".

Lebron was asked after the game about his new teammates' lacking experience in the playoffs and how that affected their games.

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