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GAME THREAD: Playoffs, Day 5

LeBron needs some help if the Cavs are going to tie the series at 1-1 with the Pacers.

NBA: Playoffs-Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets

WHAT: Round One, Game Two

WHERE: Cleveland, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Houston, Texas

WHEN: 6:00 p.m. CST, 7:00 p.m. CST, 8:30 p.m. CST


THE STORY: The Pacers stole one from the King and company on the road in Game 1, thoroughly embarrassing the Cavs. LeBron James was brilliant, per usual, in his first first-round loss since 2012. Equally brilliant was Victor Oladipo, who lead all scorers with 32 points. If the Pacers hope to head home with a 2-0 series lead, they’ll need another lights out performance from their star.

For the visiting Jazz, all eyes are on Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell played through a toe injury in game one to be the first player since LeBron in 2011 to notch 25+ points and 10 rebounds in a playoff debut. As of this writing, Mitchell is listed as questionable for tonight’s game. On the other side you have Paul George, who poured in 36 points (and didn’t record a single assist). If he or Russell Westbrook erupts again, it will be tough for Utah to hang around, especially if they are without their star rookie.

Somehow the Timberwolves hung around with the Rockets despite Karl-Anthony Towns only scoring eight points and Derrick Rose being the team’s second highest scorer in Game 1. They’ll need more out of KAT tonight to justify his time on the floor. For Houston, well, James Harden travels a lot and funnels all his drives to the middle. It’s also kind of a miracle that Mike D’Antoni played nine guys last game. As for Clint Capela, he’s going to get paid handsomely this summer.