The Indiana Pacers (4-2) beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (0-6) in what was head coach Tyronn Lue‘s final game before being canned.
One could say the beating the Indiana Pacers put on Tyronn Lue‘s Cleveland Cavaliers was the straw that broke the camel’s back in Cleveland. It was a balanced attack for the Pacers, as the away team in bright yellow squashed the post-LeBron James era Cavaliers in Quicken Loans Arena, 119-107.
In what was the first meeting between the teams since Cleveland knocked out the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs last season, all five starters scored in double figures. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 25 points on 10-14 shooting in 32 minutes and Domantas Sabonis provided a spark off the bench with 15 points. Victor Oladipo also added 24 points and 6 assists.
The Cavaliers are struggling to find their identity ever since LeBron James left Cleveland for the sunshine and glitz of Los Angeles in the off season. One thing is for certain: the team would not be getting it done with Ty Lue, and the Pacers hammered that point home.
The Indiana Pacers were always the little brother that LeBron’s teams would beat up on in the playoffs. Teams led by LeBron have knocked out the Pacers in the playoffs five times since 2012. Oh, but how the tables have turned. LeBron James is no longer in the eastern conference, and that little brother just grew six inches taller and is ready to put the beat down on his long-time bully in Cleveland.
The Pacers are ready to make a splash in the regular season and aim for a deep playoff run. The team will not have to worry about a certain king up until the NBA finals, if they should meet there. With that being said, the Eastern conference is wide open for the taking and the Pacers should be one of a few teams vying for the top spot in the conference.
The Cavaliers know their time at the top in the Eastern conference is long gone. Who is going to take over?
This Indiana Pacers team is possibly the deepest roster they have had in years, and what a perfect time to be deep.