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Indiana Pacers, Round 1 matchups and predictions

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"I like Clarkson being on the floor with a point guard, so that makes us play 10", Lue said. Because of injuries and trades, Lue has been forced to shuffle his lineups all season, and the postseason will be no different.

However, Lue wasn't willing to reveal his complete lineup for the first round of the playoffs. We'll look at IN going up against Cleveland IN this piece IN a matchup which ended 3-1 IN favor of the Pacers IN the regular season. We'll see how it goes when the Cavs host the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of a first-round series Sunday."I feel pretty comfortable in what I'm able to do", Love said after practice Friday.

The Pacers' starting guards are more of a concern to Lue than Joseph, however.

In the meantime, Lue says Rodney Hood is "ready to go" following an Achilles injury while Kyle Korver recovers from a foot injury.

The Cavs have yet to play a game with their full roster since the trade deadline.

As for Cleveland's reserves, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and Jose Calderon are in the rotational mix, with forwards Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. being used depending on whom in has on the floor.

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And defense is the Cavs' biggest focal point heading into the postseason after ranking 29th in defensive efficiency - allowing 109.5 points per 100 possessions - during the regular season.

Hall of Fame coach Pat Riley's philosophy in the playoffs was: "You rotate eight players".

"You usually go nine", Lue said, according to ESPN. "I think we can play any type of style".

That was then. Today, the Pacers wake up knowing that in a few days, they’ll be tasked with doing something no Eastern Conference team has accomplished since Obama was in his second year in office, Tiger Woods was still married, and Victor Oladipo hadn’t yet gone to prom: take down LeBron James.

"I think we just have a little bit more a spark and edge to us than we had past year". Let's take a look at the matchup and how we predict it will play out.

That can't happen this time. "We have the best player in the world and a lot of guys who are hungry and want to go out and prove what they can do". "So I'm very excited about that". But the 33-year-old capped a remarkable run in which he seemed to break a record every night by adding another accomplishment to his long list of achievements. "So, I'm happy to be on the other side".

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