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Shannon Reynolds | 16 April, 2018, 04:42

The incomparable, 33-year old James has owned the conference for what seems like forever.

Victor Oladipo is not messing around.

Round 2 of Cavs-Pacers kicks off Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET in Cleveland for the best-of-seven series.

The points total has trended towards the "over" but only in five of the meetings, while four went under the number and one was a push. To be precise, the Pacers faced the Cavs 4-times during the regular season and ended up winning 3 of those matchups. And although everyone's picking the Cavs over the Indiana Pacers in the opening series, there's no guarantee Cleveland will make the finals. Following that contest, the series shifts to Indianapolis for games on Friday and Sunday night.

They won 21 road games.

IN was in control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and leading by 23 in the third. We project him for 57.4 FD points in Game 2.

The Pacers enter the playoffs in the eyes of many the same way they entered the season. That surge started with two J.R. Smith 3-pointers, triggering what wound up being a 13-1 run to make it a 70-63 game with 1:06 remaining in the quarter. He also added six rebounds, four assists and four steals during the contest.

However, if there is anything we have learned about this year's Pacers team, it's that they are nothing like the previous Pacers teams.

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We're super happy but there's still so much work to be done before this squad's full potential is unlocked. I've been lucky to win three but I've missed some as well", the experienced defender told Sky Sports.

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The weather service's outlook shows the enhanced risk of severe weather extending into much of North Carolina. Winds wll shift to out of the south, 9 to 13 miles per hour , according to the weather service.

Schalke beats Dortmund 2-0 in Ruhr derby
Dortmund is four points behind Schalke and four ahead of Leipzig, held to a 1-1 draw at Werder Bremen in the late game. Schalke were victorious in Sunday's Bundesliga Revierderby at the Veltins-Arena, with the hosts winning 2-0.

Cavaliers: James surpassed Michael Jordan (2,188) for the second-most made field goals in playoff history. I have no concerns about Larry Nance handling Turner, but the Love matchup will be an interesting one to watch - particularly because the Cavaliers have a habit of feeding Love on the block early in games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

The only player in the National Basketball Association this year to average at least 9.0 rebounds and can at least 125 triples, Love notched a double-double in three of the meetings against in this year and finished with 20 points in the game that he didn't.

Kevin Love is the starting center for the Cavs, which means he's going against Myles Turner.

Stephenson also hit LeBron on the head twice during the game.

Other notable contributors for IN included Thaddeus Young (15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds), Domantas Sabonis (13.3 points, 11.8 rebounds) and Myles Turner (15 points, seven rebounds and three blocks IN one game). The team's best shot at success will ultimately be throwing as many bodies as possible at James and hoping it wears him down. The Cavs eventually climbed within 10 points after two straight driving baskets by LeBron James.

Cleveland's second unit was outstanding all season - averaging a franchise-record 41.2 points, good for seventh-best in the league.

That said, it is hard not to notice what LeBron James can do come playoff time as he flips the proverbial playoff switch.

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