Cavs to 'Defend the Land' against Pacers in first round

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cavs definitely fizzled into the end of the season, leaving a lot of fans worried about the team's hopes at a playoff run. Even Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin admitted some skepticism.

"Sure," Griffin said, prior to the regular season finale loss to the Toronto Raptors. "I think we've treated the regular season as something where we can flip a switch -- most of that brought on by injuries and changing lineups -- but I'd be lying if I didn't say there's reason for concern."

Hopefully, it is a matter of "flipping the switch," because the No. 2 seeded Cavs have a long road ahead of them. They will start by facing a difficult opponent in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. The Cavs will host the No. 7 seed Indiana Pacers.

  • Game 1 – Saturday, April 15. Indiana at Cleveland, 3 p.m.
  • Game 2 – Monday, April 17. Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m.
  • Game 3 – Thursday, April 20. Cleveland at Indiana, 7 p.m.
  • Game 4 – Sunday, April 23. Cleveland at Indiana, 1 p.m.
  • Game 5 – Tuesday. April 25. Indiana at Cleveland (if necessary)
  • Game 6 – Thursday, April 27. Cleveland at Indiana (if necessary)
  • Game 7 – Saturday, April 29. Indiana at Cleveland (if necessary)

During the regular season, the Cavs lost their first game against the Pacers, but they did beat them in their last three match-ups, which includes a double-overtime thriller at the beginning of April.

After a season full of injuries to key players like J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, and recent additions to the team like Edy Tavares and Dahntay Jones, let's hope the Cavs can remain healthy through the playoffs. Look for the Cavs to begin their quest for another title, which begins on Saturday, April 15.

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