5 reasons Cleveland Cavaliers will sweep Indiana Pacers

The Pacers have a fast-paced offense that can exploit the Cavs in a hurry.

LeBron James said the Cavaliers are "sharp in the mind" as they head into this first-round series with the Indiana Pacers on Sunday.

The Cavs announced every fan in attendance for Game 1 against the Pacers on Sunday will receive a black Cavs shirt.

However, Lue wasn't willing to reveal his complete lineup for the first round of the playoffs.

Cleveland has dealt with a lot of turmoil this season with almost a full team roster transition to accompany LeBron James and Kevin Love. The other spot could go to veteran shooter Kyle Korver, who has been slowed by a foot injury and whose status remains uncertain. Green could also rack up some good numbers if he gets enough playing time. "Everybody will be like, 'Man, 'Bron got to be doing something, ' and I'm like, 'No, he actually put in the groundwork and everything you see is because he sacrificed.' It's wonderful to watch".

Actually, since the Cavs made all those trades on February 8, acquiring Clarkson, Nance, Hood and Hill, they've yet to play a game with all players available.

The Cavaliers remade their roster at mid-season, bringing in Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr, Jordan Clarkson and George Hill.

Speaking to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Love acknowledged that James' decision this summer has the potential to hang over the entire team as they chase another National Basketball Association championship.

Thompson was excused from Thursday's practice because of the birth of his daughter.

The regular season is finally out of the way and now we can get down to business. But Lue has depth and intends to use it. He wants to play and I guess in his 15th year to get to 82, it really says a lot about him.

The Cavs traded six players at the trade deadline.

Not Lue. Not this year. I think the biggest thing is Nate McMillan... This means the Cavs will have homecourt advantage for this round, but likely won't should they progress further in the playoffs. The two players said to have remained in close ties with Fizdale off the court even after their stints with the Heat had already ended.

NY blew out Cleveland in the season finale 110-98, but James and many other starters played limited minutes and Love was not in the game. It's also a chance to win a championship with James, a former playoff nemesis. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.

That can't happen this time.

When you have the best player in the world, you are formidable. "So I'm very excited about that". If I had to pick something they've been great at, it'd probably be forcing turnovers, which they're third at, with Oladipo leading the league at 2.36 steals a game.

  • Joey Payne