"I'm down 0-1 in the first round", he said.
Facing him means an early exit.
Pacers: Indiana has been eliminated by James four times in the past eight seasons.
The Pacers enter the playoffs in the eyes of many the same way they entered the season.
This looks like the most competitive first-round series in terms of team ability, as the Jazz had a better point differential (plus-4.3) than the Thunder (plus-3.4). "We'll defend him like we did in the regular season".
"They took advantage of everything what we wanted to do", James said."They were more physical at the point of attack and were more precise with what they wanted to do". But we went through a lot in the offseason as well. The road to a potential fourth-straight Finals appearance looks daunting with the Celtics, Raptors and 76ers all standing in the way.
Both factors have changed this time.
IN took control from the outset, opening a 21-point lead in the first quarter and pushing it to 23 in the third. Cleveland's best gameplan would be to play fast-paced basketball.
The 2018 playoffs have finally arrived for the Cleveland Cavaliers and what a year it has been.
For Hill, the matchup against the Pacers represents a homecoming, as he played for IUPUI and spent five years with the Pacers. He put Oladipo back in the game and the Pacers' All-Star guard knocked down a 3-pointer and a 20-foot jumper during a 12-2 Pacers run.
Love missed 23 games due to injury or illness and bounced between starting at center and power forward, but the 29-year-old is confident he'll rise to the occasion in the postseason.
"My responsibility has been the same for quite a while now: Go out and try to dominate".
Lance Stephenson, a longtime playoff nemesis for James, helped set the tone in the first quarter with a dunk he punctuated by throwing several punches into the padded basket stanchion.
The Pacers have been one of the biggest surprises this season due to their offensive explosiveness and the energy that they have played with all season long. Turner sank a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to provide the halftime margin.
The Cavaliers were embarrassed, with boos at times filling Quicken Loans Arena, in a startling 98-80 rout at the Pacers' hands Sunday. He's grateful for a fresh start.
"They came in and they dictated the tempo, they were more aggressive", James added.
Now we move into "so you're telling me there's a chance" territory. He's still doing it.
Trust in LBJ? Probably, although a great case can be made for Toronto or even Philadelphia to make it out of the Eastern Conference. The history between the two is well documented, dating back to James' time with the Miami Heat.
"The most important thing, I think, is competing and playing hard", Lue said. "I feel like I just have to go out there and play my game".