The Cavaliers star said: "That's just how the game was being played". That's why we came to this series.
Oladipo heard the comments loud and clear, though Gilbert was more frustrated with Pacers management for pulling out of a trade he thought was a done deal.
Terry Rozier added 23 points, four rebounds and three assists for Boston in his first career playoff start.
Cavaliers superstar LeBron James (L) once again finds himself squaring off with pesky Pacer Lance Stephenson. He had just 2 points in the first quarter, coming off his free throws, and the Cavs found themselves trailing 33-14. "Guys had great looks and they just didn't go down". The Pacers answered with Oladipo and Cory Joseph buckets followed by a buzzer-beater three by Turner. It was his first playoff game with the Thunder since being acquired in a trade with in in the offseason. Game 1 is what they've been doing to teams all year. IN went into the fourth quarter with a 73-65 lead. As for the rest of the bench, they will need to evaluate how much they can use Domantas Sabonis because he couldn't cover ground defensively or protect the paint that well. IN came in 15-6 in the playoffs when it wins the opener.
The Indiana Pacers are used to being dismissed.
"Letting our defense fuel our offense", Thaddeus Young said. Now to Indy. So I knew Doma wouldn't want me to sugarcoat anything, but I had to check in with him - let him know what I was thinking. Got to be more physical.
Did the Cavaliers overlook the Pacers? They still won by 18 points and never trailed.
"Experience is the best teacher, and they got it today", James said.
"So we did that, we fought back, gave ourselves a chance, cut the lead down to single digits, but at that point they just had a ton of confidence".
The other key on defense for them would be to stop Victor Oladipo. "So we take it as everybody has to dig deep and not lose two of them on our home floor".
Oladipo's 32 point performance was the highest among any scorers in Game One.
Since the All-Star Break, Oladipo's numbers dropped significantly due to teams adjusting their gameplan defensively bring more double teams.
"It feels like the playoffs, especially now that we're down 0-1", he said.
Though LeBron remains confident in his ability to make a comeback, the same can not be said for his teammates, several of whom are making their playoff debuts. You can't simulate what's going on out there. He finally showed the world what he is about.
Of the 27 teams whose ratings are tracked by FOX Sports Indiana, the Pacers' local-market ratings ranked fifth in the National Basketball Association (ratings for Toronto, Utah, and Memphis are not included).
"I'm a little dizzy right now", he joked before Monday's workout.
"I think part of it's on me", Love said of getting involved in Game 2. We know who we're playing for.
The Cavaliers were not just hurt by Oladipo on the offensive side of the court as he also ended up with a total of four steals as well as one block.
His teammates' heads aren't spinning after the series-opening win over the Cavs, who swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago.