Cavaliers open playoffs at home Sunday against Indiana Pacers

LeBron James left and Bojan Bogdanovic

LeBron James left and Bojan Bogdanovic

Stephenson's latest attempt to antagonize James - which also included multiple hard fouls, including one that was called for a technical, comes almost four years after he memorably blew in James' ear during an Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Heat and Pacers. Victor Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers stunned Cleveland in Game 1 of their series opener, beating LeBron James and the Cavaliers 98-80. Today, we're going to look at three key matchups that will go a long way towards deciding the series.

So, this is LeBron James' first loss in the NBA Playoffs' first round in six years.

All that is certain is Cleveland will take on IN to begin the postseason.

Oklahoma City Thunder Announcer Suspended For " Cotton-Picking" Comment Towards Russell Westbrook
Thunder radio play-by-play announcer Matt Pinto will take Davis' place on FS Oklahoma broadcast, will be simulcast on radio. In a statement to ESPN , Davis apologized for using the phrase, acknowledging its deep racial history.

In many ways, they live and die by the 3 now and it's worked well so far. The team's best shot at success will ultimately be throwing as many bodies as possible at James and hoping it wears him down. James got nearly no help from his teammates today.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are gearing up for the playoffs, where the team will be the fourth seed. Turner remains very passive in too many games, and while Young, starting point guard Darren Collison and the streaky-but-occasionally-indispensable-looking Bojan Bogdanovic at small forward all play well within their roles, they do not have step-up potential. Health is a small thing until it becomes a big thing. Look for the Pacers to cover here behind a monster game from Oladipo.

The above listed odds hail from MyBookie sportsbook, a fan favorite when it comes to National Basketball Association postseason betting.MyBookie has built up a staggering reputation over the last couple of years by offering lucrative odds, as well as a multitude of bonuses that help bettors get the most out of their betting action. Can the Cavaliers turn it up a notch as they open the postseason this afternoon at home versus the Indiana Pacers?

Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria
The US President has declared the US, UK and French strikes on Syria a success, as Russian Federation has described them unlawful. Johnson told the BBC on Sunday the airstrikes were proportionate and showed "the world has said enough is enough".

The Pacers will have to beat the James gang four times over the next couple of weeks. Their defensive intensity ramps up, while their offense becomes the juggernaut it is capable of but rarely reach. They haven't been the same since the summer trade of Kyrie Irving, plus the rest of the East is better. Are this year's Pacers ready to take the next step they couldn't with Paul George?

Prior to the season, few outside of the Pacers organization expected that to happen.

They'll face a vastly different Cavaliers squad than the one they took three of four against, with the last meeting taking place five weeks before a trio of roster-altering deals turned the Wine & Gold's season around.

Allahabad HC takes suo-moto cognizance of Unnao rape case
The application was forwarded to officers concerned in Unnao to take appropriate action, he said. On Sunday, she tried to commit suicide outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath's house.

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