Pacers prepare for Cavaliers in playoffs

Ben Simmons has helped lift Philly back to the playoffs during his stellar rookie season

The Cleveland Cavaliers first-round playoff game will take place this Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, and the team's head coach Tyronn Lue aims to take full advantage of everything which he has at his disposal.

"You usually go nine", Lue said, according to ESPN. 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.

With all the insane trades and injuries through this up-and-down campaign, the Cavaliers have had 18 different players start.

"I will play 10", Lue said after the Cavaliers watched film on the Pacers, who went 3-1 against Cleveland this season. Lue says his rotations could change again depending on matchups and performance.

Lue has a lot of decisions to make in regards to his rotation, but plans to go with LeBron James, Kevin Love, Jeff Green and George Hill as his starters.

After starting on Saturday afternoon past year, the Cavs will tip off on Day 2 - welcoming the Pacers to The Q for Game 1 on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. "I told our guys, we will be seeing the best, at their best, right away".

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And why not, The Monster will get the benefit of the doubt on ever whistle and he is still the best player in the world. Hood is bouncing back from an Achilles injury, while Korver is dealing with a sore foot, and whichever player doesn't start will join a bench featuring JR Smith, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Jose Calderon. In clutch time, he crushed J.R. Smith and the Cavs, and IN was able to take advantage of the slower Cavaliers IN transition after live-ball turnovers.

"It hasn't been easy all year for us", guard Victor Oladipo said. "He's gotta be great for us, and I think he will". It's also a chance to win a championship with James, a former playoff nemesis.

So for the fourth time in recent memory the Pacers will be faced with the task of facing a LeBron-led team.

That can't happen this time.

Nate McMillan echoed that sentiment after practice, "We did some good things during the regular season but playoffs is a different style of basketball and a different challenge". "So I'm very excited about that". That's the obvious difference in this year's run. "So, I'm happy to be on the other side".

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