Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 0-5 to start the season. While no one likes a loss, the losses at home against Atlanta and Brooklyn were particularly upsetting. It’s frustrating when your team doesn’t show up for the home crowd. I don’t predict tonight will look any better. The preseason showed us that this Pacers team is like the big brother version of what the Cavs want to be. They do everything Cleveland wants to do, but better. To be fair, the Pacers are led by head coach Nate McMillan who has turned the team into an underdog pick for Eastern Conference Champions. Meanwhile, the Cavs are headed by Tyronn Lue, who has been, uh, disappointing… In addition to the coaching ineptitude, Cleveland’s star power forward, Kevin Love, is still questionable for tonight’s game.
If Love can’t go, expect another pummeling as the Cavs work through their early season issues. Korver had a huge 4th quarter to close out the last loss to Detroit so I expect we should see more of him and maybe some actual sets designed to get him free on the perimeter. The Pacers are sitting at 3-2 with losses to Minnesota and Milwaukee. This Pacers team also hasn’t forgotten about how close they came to knocking out the Cavaliers from last year’s playoffs. If Oladipo and company come out looking to settle old scores, it could get ugly. My guess is Indiana 123, Cavs 108. Nonetheless, as always, Go Cavs!