James became the first player in National Basketball Association history to average at least 32 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, three steals, and two blocks in a playoff series.
As for Cleveland's reserves, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon are in the rotational mix, with forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. being used depending on whom in has on the floor.
"You usually go nine", Lue said, according to ESPN. They've been an up-and-down team all season, but they finished the season with flashes of who they want to be come postseason time. "We got to play one of the best teams that was orchestrated in those Miami Heat teams those last couple of years, but we could never get over the hump".
James wasn't fair to the Pacers in last year's playoffs.
"I think we just have a little bit more a spark and edge to us than we had previous year". I'm not going to compare it to next year. "I feel like I just have to go out there and play my game".
"Just see how it looks and if one guy's not great this round, then it might be nine", Lue said.
Last season, IN was swept IN the first round when they faced Cleveland, but this year it's a different team with a different mentality. James credited this year's Pacers team for being "more well-balanced" with Victor Oladipo leading the charge, but he didn't let that praise turn into paranoia.
"I like Clarkson being on the floor with a point guard, so that makes us play 10", Lue said. Today, we're going to look at three key matchups that will go a long way towards deciding the series. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.
So in reality, the Cleveland team that takes the court against in will be one that in no way resembles the struggling entity that competed during the regular season. Obviously, their season, from the outside looking in, was more productive than ours because of what they went through in the offseason. We have the best player in the world and a lot of guys that are hungry to prove what they can do.
"Myles Turner coming back, he's been playing some good ball of late".
And he will hope to maintain that excellent record when the Cavs face the Pacers in Game 1 tonight (8.30pm tip-off United Kingdom time). I think at the end of the day, we would love to have a long run, but that's going to be up to not only him but all of us. "You go home and you're so close for three straight years", Hill said following Cavs practice on Thursday. "But with that it also creates some unfamiliarity on the floor, too".
Oladipo played like the No. 2 pick he was a few years ago out of IU, earning a much-deserved All-Star berth and making game winning shots George only makes in commercials. "We'll see how it benefits us".
Though the Cavs are seeded fourth in the Eastern Conference, Love loves their chances of reaching the NBA Finals for a fourth straight year. The team has the option of putting Lance Stephenson, who has caused LeBron some annoyance in the past, on James when he's on the court. With that in mind, the Pacers will need more of a team effort in order to realistically challenge the Cavs. He's had no choice following a turbulent regular season in which he didn't always know who would be available until moments before tipoff. Who's the team to beat?