In game one of theor first-round playoff matchup, the Cleveland Cavaliers narrowly defeated the Indiana Pacers, beating the seventh-seeded team by only one point. In fact, had Indiana’s CJ Miles knocked down his attempt at a game-winning shot, the Cavaliers would find themselves in a one-game hole.
Thankfully for the Cavaliers and the wine-and-gold faithful, Miles missed. There’s no sense speculating about what might have been, so let’s focus on what might be. Are the Pacers a threat to the Cavaliers? After all, LeBron James has had his fair share of struggles playing in Indianapolis. And, the Cavaliers ended the regular season winning only nine of their final 22 games.
Bearing all that in mind, however, it’s hard for me to say that the Cavs are in any real danger, at least in this first round. The bottom line is that they have LeBron, and nobody else does. Against teams loaded with star players, LeBron cannot single-handedly win every single game. But against a team like the Pacers that has found success by playing team-oriented ball without a star player, only a fool would pick against The King. It all comes down to this: is this Indiana squad capable of taking four of the next six games from perhaps the greatest player in NBA history? I don’t think so. Therefore, while the series might induce more goosebumps and nervous sweats than Cavs fans would prefer, at the end of the day, my money is on The King and the Cavs to be playing in round two.