Sport LeBron James: Game 1 was a ‘good test for some of our younger guys’

21:37  16 april  2018
21:37  16 april  2018 Source:   hoopshype.com

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Apr 15, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.© David Richard-USA TODAY Sports Apr 15, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Indiana Pacers in game one of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron James was slow to get going in Sunday's Game 1, but he showed up eventually. He finished with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds but few could say the same for Cleveland on Sunday. And only a few of them can count on a lack of experience.

Jordan Clarkson 2-of-6 from the field, scored only six points and did not make a 3-pointer. His former Lakers teammate Larry Nance, however, was solid with 10 points and five rebounds, but he's shown he can play better before. And in his first playoff start, Rodney Hood was quiet, taking just eight shots and scoring nine points.

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James , a four-time MVP, can opt out of his contract and test free agency this summer. Ben [Simmons] is his young guy . Ben is a member of Klutch Sports, so that also could play a factor. We ’ re just trying to be the best team we can be and if someone like LeBron James or Paul George

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Following the loss, LeBron James talked about how Game 1 was a good experience for the younger guys because it shows them things that he can't teach them.

"I think the intensity," James said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "How much different a regular-season game is compared to a postseason game. It happens that fast. You always hear people say in the regular season, sometimes it's a 'playoff-type atmosphere.' Eh, you can't simulate that. You can't simulate that speed. You can't simulate what's going on out there. So today was definitely a good test for some of our younger guys, and like I said, I think they'll be a lot better, especially in Game 2. And not just them. Even the older guys as well. Some of the guys even with experience, including myself, I can be a lot better as well. So we take it as everybody has to dig deep and not lose two of them on our home floor."

In addition to the younger players, Cleveland also had some quiet games from vets they are counting on. Kevin Love took only eight shots and while he had 17 rebounds, was not the game-changing offensive player he has been in this season. Jeff Green was also a no-show in the playoff opener, playing with a nervous energy rather than the ferocity he's shown most of the year in a complementary role.

Cleveland always knew they had a short timeline. So, they've known for a while that they've had to be fast learners.


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