Cavs' Tyronn Lue Plans 10-Man Playoff Rotation

The Pacers Cory Joseph and the Cavs Kevin Love get entangled going for a loose ball Sunday at The Q.   
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They were only expected to maybe matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers in round one as an 8 seed, but they're a five seed that took three games from the Cavs in the regular season. As for Boston, it seems to be screwed due to injuries despite having the two seed and its long odds to reach the NBA Finals indicate that.

The Pacers success came out of nowhere this season after their seemingly lopsided offseason trade of Paul George.

"Kevin's just being Kevin", coach Tyronn Lue said Friday after practice.

The Pacers and Cavs square off on Sunday at 3:30 in Cleveland for game one. Here's five reasons the Cavs will sweep Indiana.

The Pacers completely outplayed the three-time defending conference champions, whose turbulent regular season has carried over into the playoffs.

After the Cavaliers closed the margin to 76-69 with a driving layup by James, the Pacers answered with a 12-2 run, including 3-pointers by Oladipo and Bogdanovic, to take 88-71 lead with 7:28 to go in the fourth quarter.

IN went into Cleveland and took it to the Cavaliers, leading by as many as 23 points and withstanding a second-half rally to give James his first loss in the first round since 2012, a 98-80 defeat.

The Cavaliers were embarrassed, with boos at times filling Quicken Loans Arena, in a startling 98-80 rout at the Pacers' hands Sunday.

"He definitely understands that, going to The Finals, that the quicker you can get a series over and get some rest is the best way to do it", Pacers coach Nate McMillan said.

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According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Cavaliers are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. "So, it's very important that we try to keep a point guard on the floor with him at all times".

This will be an exciting first round matchup, as both teams come in looking different but still as successful as last season to find themselves in the playoffs another year. IN has cashed in those turnovers too, ranking 5th in the league in fast-break points.

Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue will use a 10-man rotation against IN and has already named Green as a starter and Calderon as a must play off the bench. The overall metrics wouldn't suggest a Finals team, but LeBron is obviously capable of incredible, super-human things, and if Hood, Clarkson and Nance play to their potential, that's probably enough to make it out of the wide-open East.

The mantra of the past several years of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball has been some semblance of "wait til the playoffs".

Cleveland had won 14 straight first-round games, last losing on April 22, 2010, the last season of James' first stint with the Cavs. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.1 rebounds per game.

Oladipo averaged 25.0 points, 5.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds and made 17 of his 36 three-pointers (47.2 percent) in the four games against Cleveland.

He's also never lost the opening game of a series, which bodes well for his latest Cavs group [VIDEO]. IN was on roll through April 1, but did lose three of its final five games heading into the postseason.

Oladipo received help from his supporting cast, as Myles Turner (12 points), Bojan Bogdonavic (10 points) and Lance Stephenson (nine points) helped the team to a 55-38 halftime lead. Irreconcilable differences created in the heated exchange that began January 22 when Thomas and Wade called out Love for missing a game and a practice because he was sick, with no further explanation.

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