Daily News – April 16, 2018

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Kyle Korver needs to see more time in Game 2

Author: Alex Hooper
Publication: 92.3 The Fan

Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers need Kyle Korver.

The Eastern Conference No. 4 seed was abysmal shooting from 3-point territory in their 98-80 playoff-opening loss to the Indiana Pacers, shooting 8-for-34 from deep. Korver, who was on a minutes restriction because of his ailing foot, played just four minutes and posted an 0-for-3 night, 0-for-2 from deep. Rodney Hood started in his place.

With the absence of Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers no longer have the firepower to outgun their opponents past poor defensive nights, especially not when they struggle from deep. Without one of the best 3-point marksmen of all time, they can become a mediocre offense. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James loses playoff opener for first time, Cavaliers spanked 98-80 by Pacers

Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cavaliers’ slogan for the 2018 playoffs is “Whatever it Takes.”

Well, it’s gonna take more than that.

LeBron James had his 21-game winning streak in the first round snapped and lost a playoffs opener for the first time in the Indiana Pacers’ 98-80 victory Sunday.

“I’ve never lost a game in the first round before in my career?” asked James, who posted his 20th playoff triple double with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cleveland Cavaliers Playoff Scribbles: Not ready for intensity? Why?

Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Scribbles in my Cleveland Cavaliers notebook after their 98-80 loss to the Indiana Pacers.

1. Why did the Cavaliers look surprised by the physical play and aggressiveness of the Indiana Pacers. It’s how they played all season when they had a 48-34 record. They were one of the NBA’s pleasant surprises. And last year, the Cavs swept Indiana in four games. The Cavs largest margin of victory in those games was six points.

2. Coach Nate McMillan’s teams are playoff prepared. They aren’t intimidated by LeBron James. And if the Cavs don’t wake up to that fact, a first-round exit is possible. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

More Daily Press Links:

  • (4/16) Cavaliers admit they weren’t ready for Game 1 as LeBron James waves off early deficit: Inside Cavs-Pacers series Cleveland.com
  • (4/16) Cleveland Cavaliers look bad dropping opener to Indiana Pacers Cleveland.com
  • (4/16) Cleveland Cavaliers better make some changes Cleveland.com
  • (4/16) Tyronn Lue’s decision to start Jeff Green backfires in Game 1 loss Cleveland.com
  • (4/16) Sluggish Start Dooms Cavs in Game 1 Loss Cavs.com
  • (4/16) Cavaliers notebook: Cavs playoff rookies baptized in 98-80 Game 1 loss to Pacers Akron Beacon Journal
  • (4/16) Pacers 98, Cavaliers 80: Out-of-sync Cavs drop opener in Eastern Conference first-round series Akron Beacon Journal
  • (4/16) Pacers stun Cavaliers, 98-80, in Game 1 of playoff series News-Herald
  • (4/16) Cavaliers wake up too late to overcome Pacers News-Herald
  • (4/16) Victor Oladipo, Pacers send Cavs a playoff wake-up call News-Herald
  • (4/16) Cavaliers’ new lineup lacks aggression, execution in loss to Pacers Medina-Gazette
  • (4/16) Someone should tell the Cavaliers the playoffs have started Medina-Gazette
  • (4/16) Cavaliers can’t overcome rough start, awful shooting, drop playoff opener to Pacers Medina-Gazette
  • (4/16) Final Thoughts: On LeBron James’ rare deficit, Victor Oladipo’s big night and the irony behind Dan Gilbert’s role in it The Athletic
  • (4/16) Cavs drop Game 1 to Pacers, 98-80 Waiting For Next Year
  • (4/16) Cavaliers run out of The Q by Pacers 98-80 Lake County Sentinel
  • (4/16) Pacers roll by Cavs in Game 1, 98-80 92.3 The Fan
  • (4/16) Dribbles: For Cavs, focus and Pacers a real problem Amico Hoops
  • (4/16) From start to finish, Indiana Pacers showed no fear in taking Game 1 at Cleveland NBA.com
  • (4/16) Victor Oladipo: Under-the-radar Pacers have been good all season ESPN.com
  • (4/16) LeBron James: ‘I’m the last guy to ask’ about coming back in the playoffs ESPN.com
  • (4/16) Pacers Snap LeBron’s First-Round Winning Streak as Cavs Open With a Dud SI.com
  • (4/16) Cavs’ LeBron James unfazed by Game 1 loss to Pacers Sporting News
  • (4/16) Cavaliers fall to Pacers as LeBron James loses first-round game for first time since 2012 USA Today

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