Can the Pacers beat the Cavs?
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No, but they can make it a series. Even with the Cavs on a bit of a slide, they are the better team on paper. The Pacers need Paul George to play even better than he is right now (if that's possible) and guys like Monta, C.J., and whatever big who's playing with the second group need to be "on" every game. Jeff Teague will be the X-factor battling Kyrie Irving.
Yes. In Lance I Trust!
The Pacers can beat the Cavs, but can they do it four times in a seven-game series? While I believe the series will be challenging for LeBron and he Cavs I just don’t think the Pacers can win the four games necessary. I think they win two, put up a good fight and exit after six games. However, I leave with some hope. If Paul George plays like the player he believes he is ... the Player we’ve seen often over the past month, the Pacers can push it to seven and have a chance. Outside of that I’ll take the Cavs in six. My bad on the buzzkill.
No. I think they can keep it competitive, I think they can keep it interesting. But no. LeBron is simply too good, and can find a level that even Paul George can't get to.
It’s possible but not probable. Even if Paul George is able to offset LeBron James, the Cavs have so many other weapons that it will be tough for the Pacers to match up consistently. The Cavs also have guys that can make bad shots (James, Irving, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver), and those types become more prominent in the playoffs as good shoots dry up. If Lance Stephenson stays healthy and aggressive, Myles Turner puffs up and the role-players bring it consistently, the Pacers could push the Cavs to the limit. Ultimately, Cleveland will advance.