The Pacers and Cavaliers find themselves right back where they started in their first-round playoff series, although the stakes continue to rise as they prepare for Game 5.
What started as a best of seven series, flipped to a best of five series in Indy, and is now a best of three series back in Cleveland after the teams split the first four games. The momentum swings have been great and another LeBron-fueled win by the Cavs, fortified down the stretch by Kyle Korver killing the Pacers from three-land, has Cleveland with the edge along with home court advantage.
But in reality, the series is tied and each game has been its own series with unpredictable outcomes and heroes rising up on both sides. The Pacers have been strong when doubted all year and now they have their backs against the wall. Losing three games in a row doesn’t seem possible.
Unfortunately, they have missed on chances to seize the series while playing with the lead. That’s no way to knock out LeBron in the playoffs so we’ll see what kind of guts the Pacers play with in Game 5 as each game in this series gets bigger than the last.
The Pacers injury report appears clean. George Hill (back) missed Game 4 and remains questionable for Game 5. If GHill can play, Tyronn Lue said he will start.
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Pacers at Cavaliers, Series tied 2-2 - 7:00 PM EDT at Quicken Loans Arena
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Projected starting lineups
Pacers: Darren Collison (PG), Victor Oladipo (SG), Bojan Bogdanovic (SF), Thaddeus Young (PF), Myles Turner (C)
Cavaliers: Jose Calderon PG), J.R. Smith (SG), Kyle Korver (SF), LeBron James (PF), Kevin Love (C)