Category Archives: 2018 NBA Playoffs

Pacers Win Game 3 Against Cavaliers

After splitting the first two games, the playoff series between the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers moved to Indianapolis for the first time on Friday, April 20. The Pacers were dominant at home this season, but defeating a team led by LeBron James in the playoffs is always going to be a difficult task.

Indiana started the game flat despite playing in front of a raucous crowd. The Pacers consistently struggled with their shooting touch throughout the first half. After only scoring 20 points in both the first and second quarter, the Pacers were down 17 points entering halftime.

Since they could not rely on their offense, Indiana stepped up their pressure on defense in the second half. After holding the Cavaliers to only 12 points in the third quarter, the Pacers were only down six points entering the final quarter. The Indiana offense came alive when it matter the most. They took the lead with six minutes left to play and never looked back. A late run by Cleveland made the game close, but the Pacers still won 92-90.

The win on Friday may turn out be the key moment in this series. Everyone in Indiana thought the team was going to lose halfway through the game, but they pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks in franchise history. The Pacers were not only able to maintain their home-court advantage, but they also drastically shifted the momentum in the series. Game 4 will be played on Sunday night.

Indiana Pacers Grab 2-1 Series Lead Over Cleveland Cavaliers

Prior to the start of the 2018 NBA playoffs, many experts around the league felt as though the Indiana Pacers were a pushover. Despite an incredibly successful regular season that saw them grab a surprising fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, fans couldn’t get past the low expectations this team had prior to the season.

To make matters worse, Indiana would be facing off against The King and the king of playoff basketball: LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Through three games of this first-round matchup, though, it is Indiana that has looked like royalty against James and his teammates.

This low-scoring series has seen each team average fewer than 100 points per game, which is almost unheard of in today’s three-point heavy landscape. With offense hard to come by, it is even more amazing that the Pacers were able to overcome a 17-point halftime deficit in game three to grab the series lead at two games to one.

Late James heroics and fancy three-point shooting weren’t enough to hold off the Pacers’ comeback as Indiana held Cleveland to just 33 total points in the second half. Compare that to the first half of the same game where the Cavs poured in 57, including 31 in the first quarter alone.

Game four will be Sunday night, April 22, at 8:30 PM Eastern in Indiana. The Pacers can take a commanding lead in the series by defending their home court.