Live Thread: Cavs @ Pacers (#Physicality)

The Indiana Pacers are a tough team. They showed as much last season in the first round of the playoffs. Physicality is the name of their game, and they’ve shown it off this year as the stingiest defense to score on in the League allowing just 101.2 points per game. To accomplish this, they feature a strong mix of individual and team defenders. They average more than nine steals per game, with five players each having at least one per game. They also block over five shots per game, with more than half coming from C Myles Turner who leads the NBA with 2.72 per contest. Despite missing their All Star guard, Victor Oladipo, for an 11 game stretch, defense has driven the Pacers on their current League high seven game win streak.

So, how do the Cavaliers compete with the physicality of this Indy team? Well, re-inserting David Nwaba and his tough nosed defense into the starting lineup is a start. The last time Coach Larry Drew did that (correction, was able to do that), it produced arguably the best three game stretch of this season. With Nwaba plugged in as the designated defensive stopper, the Cavs nearly beat the Lakers before upsetting the Sixers and Rockets on back-to-back nights. Unfortunately, a sore knee kept him out of the next nine games, depriving the Cavs of his toughness and defensive ability. Nwaba returned in last week’s win over the Knicks, but has been on a minutes restriction ever since. That could be changing with Drew reportedly leaning towards starting him tonight… which is probably a good idea against a now healthy and resurgent Oladipo.

Though it may be a challenge to play physical with Tristan Thompson still out for a few more weeks, the Cavs could take a page out of Indiana’s playbook by toughening up their level of defensive play. Having the newly re-acquired Matthew Dellavedova should help, as should the athleticism of Alec Burks and Jaron Blossomgame. Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman are also capable of being tougher defenders (when they’re not worried about their offensive games as much). Let’s hope the Cavs can toughen up and start tightening the screws on their opponents.

Prediction: This is the part where I poke the bear and predict a tough and convincing Pacers win over the undermanned Cavs… say something to the tune of 108-94. But, let’s not forget what day it is… (victory Tuesday for those of you who forgot).

Catch all of the physical action starting at 7pm EST on FSO. And, of course, make your feelings known in the space below…

GO CAVS!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous
1 month 4 days ago

Another game to emphasize how much the Cavs front office F***ed up by not keeping Delly. And how is he so much better in Cleveland than in Milwaukee? I don’t get it. I’m sure there’s a reason that he’s as valuable as John Stockton in Cleveland, but was as useless as a mediocre backup point guard in Milwaukee.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Health was a bug issue in Milwaukee.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 4 days ago

Milwaukee’s offensive scheme and his role in it maybe. He feeds off guys that move and that give him angles to pass. Not that he was starting for them, but I think Delly is less useful in offenses where he is relegated to a spot up shooter or required to create one on one in a five out offense. He is a true point, so letting him run a second unit with another good passer in a big like Nance seems to be his niche. His best skill is running pick and roll with a hard rolling big I think. Obviously his current role and his minutes with a guy like Nance where their passing rubs off on the other guys is an ideal scenario to unlock his utility.

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
1 month 4 days ago

glad i am not a gambler.. i would have lost huge tonight.. i guess i need to watch this game.. pretty impressive, unless everyone on the pacers got broken legs in the opening minutes..

buck turgidson
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buck turgidson
1 month 4 days ago

looking at some of the comments, i guess our boy delly made another big splash.. talk about a “cinderella” story.. delly knows how to make lemonade in CLE.. it’s where he belongs

Tom Pestak
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Tom Pestak
1 month 4 days ago

Great win! Delly +18 in 15 minutes, wow.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 4 days ago

Not sure there is a way to check, but pretty certain Delly’s RPM has skyrocketed the last few games relative to where it. At -.48. Not bad terrible for a backup pg. I think it was at like -2.5 or something when he came here. His BPM was a whopping -8.0 for the bucks this year. For the cavs it is an excellent +3.0. Small sample size, but that is an absurd difference. Still unclear why RPM is different than bball ref BPM. Both re regularized in some way, but clearly they must be calculated differently. Obviously he has been a completely different player for us in terms of positive winning impact compared to what he was for the bucks.

JOHN B
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JOHN B
1 month 4 days ago

Regularized

Nate Smith
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1 month 3 days ago

Look at the brain on John!

Chris K
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Chris K
1 month 4 days ago

Cavs win, Lakers lose, Hawks win… a good night!

Chris K
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Chris K
1 month 4 days ago

If the Cavs are serious about tanking, they are going to have to trade Delly… and maybe LNJ… they are going to win games they should lose due to their intangibles that rub off on others. Delly was +17 in SIXTEEN minutes…

In related news, if they want to tank, they have to play Clarkson.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 4 days ago

We were 6-31 from deep. 19%. And won.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 4 days ago

Holding Indy to 91 points is a hellava good sign.

LNJ in a rich run of form. Led team in rbs, dimes, steals, and blocks. 2nd in scoring. As is, you figure he is a good fit with Love (especially on offense). If his spot shooting gets to the point where you can play him at the 4 with TT or Henson (which should both on defense) or Zizic, we really become versatile.

Another game where Delly led bench unit was awesome. Team high +18 for Delly (10/1/4 on 4-6, 2-4 triples, 3 TO). And every bench player in + save for Frye (-6). Zizic (+16), Bgame (+12), Burks (+8). Nance was the only starter positive (+1).

Sexton sucks but I have hope he will improve. Most rookie PGs not named Oscar, Magic, ir Isiah usually do. And his shooting being the thing that is better than expected is hopeful. Defense next. Then the playmaking/ IQ.

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
1 month 4 days ago

I was the only one in the blog fantasy league willing to take a chance on young Junior. You should all be ashamed.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Lol. I had no faith in lue.

Ten ThOsman Maniacs
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Ten ThOsman Maniacs
1 month 4 days ago

I’d forgotten about Lue so much that even seeing his name made me shudder a bit.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 4 days ago

AS WELL AS T.T. IS PLAYING THIS YEAR–AND HOW HE HAS TAKEN ON THE LEADERS ROLE —WOULD HAVE TO AGREE WITH NATE—IF A DEAL COMES ALONG THAT ” KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF “—–ALL IN —–ENHANCE LNJ’S ROLE—-START TO BUILD /MODE THIS TEAM AROUND THE YOUTH—CEDI LAST 2 GAMES —SHOWING BACK TO EARLY SEASON FORM —STAY CONFIDENT/ STAY CONSISTENT YOUNG MAN !!———–AS ROUGH AS THIS SEASON HAS BEEN AT TIMES ——-I CAN HONESTLY SAY I AM ENJOYING WATCHING / ROOTING FOR THIS TEAM MORE THAN LAST YEARS TEAM

RS
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RS
1 month 4 days ago

You would not enjoy this season if the LBJ hangover was still on board, Korver, Smith, Hill , Lue. They were all LBJ water carriers, too old, too slow, or too sad. Love being out and Delly coming back has started to get the ball moving. Kevin is a good soldier but his value will ultimately be in what he can yield in youth and picks. Is there another LNJ out there? Koby go find him.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Kevs not going anywhere for a while.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 4 days ago

JUST WATCHED LNJ’S BUZZER TIP IN FOR ABOUT 20 TIMES —-WOW –CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT ——-IT IS GOING TO BE A ‘CHALLENGING ‘ SEASON BUT GAMES LIKE THESE ARE WHY WE WILL ALWAYS SUPPORT / BELIEVE IN OUR CAVS ——” BELIEVEINTHE LAND ‘

Simmo
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Simmo
1 month 4 days ago

Checking back in to see how the defensive identity is shaping up and … what!? Really? WOOHOO!!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Junior was special tonight.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Kuzma is sooo bad on D. Deangelo Russell drains a dagger in his eye.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

RJ is so good on the broadcast. This announcing crew on yes is fantastic.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Jared dudley with a dagger j. Lol.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

I’d build this team around nance/love. Wish cedi could figure out his shot.

Jason
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Jason
1 month 4 days ago

FT% way up so far. I kind of like that he hit a big 3 late the other night. After shooting like crap the whole game.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Nets up on Lakers late on nba TV.

Rob
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Rob
1 month 4 days ago

Nance surrounded by competent a competent PG and more shooting is a fun thought.

I agree with the argument below about trading TT – especially with Henson on the team. When will Henson be back?

EG – the Tuesday recap is uncanny!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Delly apparently on minutes restriction.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Someone make a gif out of vic throwing his hands up on the floor.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

Fantastic defense tonight by the Cavs. Zizic with some key minutes off the bench, along with Blossomgame. Delly was special, minus the TOs.

Scotch
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Scotch
1 month 4 days ago

What a win…so unexpected. Thanks Oladipo!

JudeElysium
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JudeElysium
1 month 4 days ago

Tuesday magic!

Leo
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Leo
1 month 4 days ago

Cool win for Cavs….my brother in law is pacers fan he called it ‘worst loss of pacers season’ haha

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

They played down to the Cava for sure, but the Cavs played some good d.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

SIX CAVS IN DOUBLE FIGURES!!! EVERYBODY CHIPPING!

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 4 days ago

THE ” EVIL TUESDAY ” STREAK LIVES ON ——KOLBY SIGN HIM UP RIGHT NOW !! : )

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

This is why they need to find a place to send Thompson. Lnj has a chance to be special.

NOMAD
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NOMAD
1 month 4 days ago

WOW WHAT A GREAT TEAM VICTORY —-EVEN LEBRON’S CAVS TEAM STRUGGLED TO WIN AT INDIANA

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

Larry Nance WITH THE TIP IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

West coast cav
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West coast cav
1 month 4 days ago

LNJ!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Larry Nance juuuuuuuuunior!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Junior!

West coast cav
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West coast cav
1 month 4 days ago

Great game to watch either way. Can’t help but to be rooting for Zion… and if we win, hooray for that too.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

WOW. HE MISSED THEM BOTH!!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Choke oladipo!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

Hood had a hitch on that miss…. GREAT TAKE BURKS!!! ONE POINT GAME!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Delly out there! They’re trying to win this one!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Wow. Oladipo absolutely walked on that rebound. At least Burks got it backm

West coast cav
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West coast cav
1 month 4 days ago

LNJ has become the Cavs best player.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

WOW>>> Hood couldn’t get the same call Oladipo just received.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Refs giving this game to indy.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

NICE HUSTLE AND FINISH HOOD!!!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Nice up and under, Rodney!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

AW DAMN.. Hood should’ve shot that.

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

NICE FINISH SEXTON!!!

CLF
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CLF
1 month 4 days ago

Nice pass Sexton, Cedi can’t hit the stand still 3 again.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

This. Officiating. Is. Trash.

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Lnj!

Nate Smith
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1 month 4 days ago

Gotta shoot that, Nance. Argh.

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