Cavaliers to use 10-man rotation in 1st round of NBA playoffs

Cavaliers to use 10-man rotation in 1st round of NBA playoffs

We'll look at IN going up against Cleveland IN this piece IN a matchup which ended 3-1 IN favor of the Pacers IN the regular season.

James' track record in the opening round is immaculate; he owns a 12-0 record in first-round series and his teams are 48-7 overall, with an active 21-game winning streak. Would he dump his hometown team and head to Los Angeles after an early playoff exit?

It's the fifth time in the last seven years the Pacers have faced LeBron James in the postseason.

This will be an exciting first round matchup, as both teams come in looking different but still as successful as last season to find themselves in the playoffs another year.

Get out the brooms everyone, this series is going to be a sweep!

This looks like the most competitive first-round series in terms of team ability, as the Jazz had a better point differential (plus-4.3) than the Thunder (plus-3.4).

"The good thing is we got the best player in the world playing for us", Hill said. "We'll make some adjustments and be a lot better". "We've had many film sessions and one-on-one sessions to try to improve and he's shown that". It's when James shines most. The three-time champ is coming off perhaps his finest regular season, and there's no reason to think he won't be at his best in April, May and probably June. The Cavs went 39-0 in games they led heading into the fourth quarter this season, the only undefeated team in those situations this season and the first to do it since 1954-55. Cleveland's best gameplan would be to play fast-paced basketball. "You could give it (the MVP award) to him every year, but it wouldn't be fair to everyone else".

Pacers: Only have two starters -- Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young - from the team Cleveland swept previous year. In four meetings with the Celts during the regular season, the Greek Freak averaged 33.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5 assists.

When playing the Pacers, one of the more effective strategies they have used has been to "blitz" the dribbler to defuse a potential pick-and-roll run by Oladipo. If you look back at the Cavaliers vs Pacers regular season game then IN holds a 3-1 advantage. "We'll just see how it looks and if one guy is not great this round, then it might be nine".

Love missed 23 games due to injury or illness and bounced between starting at center and power forward, but the 29-year-old is confident he'll rise to the occasion in the postseason.

"My responsibility has been the same for quite a while now", he said. Two rotation players - Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. - have never played a playoff game.

Cleveland's biggest and most important piece, however, raises none of those concerns. "I feel like we're a really tough out, to beat us four games". Kevin Love's play has also been a big plus this season and expect him to help Cleveland win the rebounding battle in the series.