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In it, NC State guard Dereck Whittenburg calls 7-4 Virginia center Ralph Sampson, "The Monster". The Cavs are now the 4th seed, giving them homecourt advantage with the first two games being played in Cleveland.

"Here comes The Monster again", said Whittenburg. The Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Cleveland, 13-5-1 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Can anyone stop the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Playoffs this year?

Cleveland struggled against IN in the regular season, losing the season series 3-1.

But the coaching staff and players can now fully entrench themselves in trying to do something that no team has ever been able to do--beat a LeBron James-led team in the playoffs.

Can it be done? Furthermore, James will play all 82 games for the first time in his career. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.4 rebounds per game. He scored 21 or more points in seven of his last eight games.

They tied Golden State for the league lead with nine winning streaks of three games or more.

The Cavaliers win if they flip the switch.

The Indiana Pacers look to make an early statement in this series after being one of the bigger surprises in the season already. Cleveland has been one of the NBA's worst defensive teams this season and ranks 29th in defensive efficiency. Hood is bouncing back from an Achilles injury, while Korver is dealing with a sore foot, and whichever player doesn't start will join a bench featuring JR Smith, Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Jose Calderon. Eastern Conference and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Central. We've just got to be great defensively. But all four of those games were before their deadline day trades that retrofitted the roster.

But there was that Monster to deal with. The Cavaliers have had a roller coaster of a season and have settled into the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Personally I find it a bit ironic that the Pacers have to go through LeBron one more time. "We have the best player in the world and a lot of guys that are hungry to go out and prove what they can do".

If anything, the Pacers are due against LeBron. "So it's not like we were doing something special or so creative or we got some brand-new defense".

The Indiana Pacers are just where they want to be.

The Pacers, who play like a team not a group of individuals who care more about a paycheck than winning games, will make this a series, unlike what George could do for IN previous year. When the Cavs and Pacers square off this Sunday, their top five scorers will be Victor Oladipo, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Domantas Sabonis and Darren Collison. This Indiana team is not run by a ball dominant superstar as it has in years past.

"I don't have friends on the court anyway", Lance said after practice.

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