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Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers

James' teams are 48-7 in the first round and have won 21 games in a row coming into the Cleveland Cavaliers' series opener against the Indiana Pacers on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

"We all know the playoffs are a different ballgame", Pacers guard Darren Collison said. Kevin Love, like everyone else, is aware that LeBron James' return isn't concrete. In Oladipo they have a player capable of taking over a game, but James knows the ropes better than anyone this time of year.

And that challenge is to take down LeBron, who has never lost a series in the first round of the playoffs.

Cleveland was fortunate to even have a chance to try and make a run to get the game to single digits in the fourth quarter.

All games in this series will be broadcast on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or TNT (full schedule). Victor Oladipo led IN with 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals IN the win. "So our guys have to understand that we're going to see the best (team) at their best".

The Pacers success came out of nowhere this season after their seemingly lopsided offseason trade of Paul George. Paul George, Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson and more departed IN in the summer, leading to the additions of Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Bojan Bogdanovic. James has scored 14 points and tallied 6 assists and 5 rebounds, while All-Star guard Victor Oladipo leads IN with 16 points.

Domantas Sabonis was another key piece in the George trade.

"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". Oladipo had a 33/8/5 and a 25/6/7 game vs. Cleveland, and while the Cavs tended to let other guys beat them (letting Lance Stephenson get 16/11/4 stung a bit), Oladipo is the engine.

IN also had 11 turnovers and forced the Cavs into 16 miscues.

Once there, however, Oladipo continued his fantastic performance, scoring 10 points en route to helping the Pacers end the game on a 22-11 run.

Cleveland managed to survive a season riddled with inconsistencies to turn in a 50-32 regular season performance.

As James said, "Physically, I'm where I should be, I'm as healthy as you can be". "They just played inspired basketball".

James said "I don't have any concerns" about this series, though he said the Cavs and Pacers were the fourth and fifth seeds, respectively, for a reason. James opting out is likely, and Love feels it could affect the Cavaliers' play. The Cavaliers had more turnovers (six) than field goals (five) in the opening quarter: they shot 25 percent from the field, including zero for eight from three point range. "We'll make some adjustments and be a lot better". The playoffs this time around promises to be a spectacle and we have many interesting matchups to look forward to. He enters the playoffs having played in all 82 games for the first time in his career. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting.

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