Victor Oladipo Pens Emotional Letter To Indiana

Tyler Owen
April 17, 2018

He missed all four of his 3-point attempts and had three turnovers. Rookie Jayson Tatum added 19 points and 10 rebounds.

"That's not enough", Lue said Monday of his center's eight shots. 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. He's got to demand the ball in the post. "He has to be more aggressive".

The second half started out with a 6-0 IN run extending their lead to a game-high 23 points. Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, who pulled the trigger on the trade, admitted that while the team liked the young talent of Oladipo and Sabonis, he didn't think the team would be so good right away.

The Indiana Pacers started the playoffs the same way as the regular season: With the mindset of proving the world wrong. A lot has changed since then, including Oladipo transforming IN into one of the better teams IN the Eastern Conference. Just making them do stuff that they're normally not used to doing. "He has to be aggressive when he gets it".

Cleveland was in comeback mode throughout the contest after the Pacers jumped out to a commanding lead, and McMenamin noted James' first shot came with one minute and 52 seconds remaining in the opening quarter and his team facing a 25-8 deficit.

In the late game, league MVP candidate James Harden exploded for 44 points as the Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101.

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Lue said to Dave McMenamin of ESPN: "He has to be aggressive and set the tone early". "We talked about that today, also, just being aggressive and setting the tone early, especially for these new guys (Rodney Hood, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr.)". He understood that, but once again, he's always a guy trying to get his teammates (going) early, get those guys going, and then, try to figure the game out.

In almost 44 minutes of action against the Pacers in Game 1, James led the fourth-seeded Cavaliers with a triple-double of 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, but he was the only Cleveland starter to score in double figures. That's what we're focused on: "taking it one game at a time, trying to win every game".

Lue said James "felt good" after the heavy workload and is ready to attack more when the two teams take the floor next. He's in a good place. There are many favorable matchups for IN offensively and continuing to be aggressive and getting to the rim should be a priority because it settled quite a bit for mid-range jumpers. The Cavs got within seven in the fourth, but Oladipo, once a role player who has blossomed into an All-Star in his first season with in, hit a big 3-pointer and Bojan Bogdanovic helped put Cleveland away with a 3 to make it 88-71. The rest of the team went 2-for-22 as James had his streak of first-round playoff game wins snapped at 21.

"I'm down 0-1 in the first round", he said.

"A lot of guys are coming out here playing with something to prove", said Myles Turner, "but we play within ourselves, within our system, have we've just been trusting what's going on". "That's where they thrive". Oladipo, who came over in a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Paul George deal finished with 32 points in Game 1.

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