CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Cavaliers will have their brooms out on Sunday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse when they take the court for Game 4 of their First Round Eastern Conference playoff match up in hopes of completing a sweep of the Indiana Pacers.
Here are five things to watch for in Game 4:
1. Let LeBron James reign again: It may sound simple, but obviously the Cavaliers still need James leading the way. While Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love never appeared comfortable in Game 3 sitting the bench for the fourth quarter, James and the Cavs bench took over outscoring the Pacers 70-40 in the second half. LeBron turned in another masterpiece going for 41 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists, while leading the largest comeback in NBA Playoff history and helping the Cavaliers take a 3-0 series lead.
2. Contributing bench: In Game 3 the story was LeBron James and the Cavs' second half defensive effort, but Cleveland's bench came up big just when the team needed it. Trailing by 25 points at halftime, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue made adjustments and stuck with Deron Williams, Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert for much of the second half helping LeBron push the Pacers on the verge of elimination.
3. Strong start: If Game 3 taught us anything, it was the fact that things can change pretty quickly in an NBA Playoff game. The Cavs found themselves down 26 points and still managed to pull off a huge comeback win. However, the Pacers are in a fragile state eyeing up their 0-3 deficit to the defending NBA champs. The Pacers feel like they should have won Game 1 and definitely should have held off the Cavs in Game 3. A strong start for LeBron James and Co. should be enough to take the rest of the wind out of Indiana's sails and complete the four-game First Round sweep.
4. Contain Paul George: The Pacers star is coming off a 36 points performance in which he also grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out nine assists, but the rest of his teammates still could not hold off the Cavaliers in their historic Game 3 comeback. Defensively the Cavs simply need to focus on containing George. Yes, easier said than done. However, if the Cavaliers can focus their defense on containing George, three games have shown us CJ Miles, Monta Elli and Myles Turner can't shoulder the load to beat the Cavs on their own.
5. Don't expect a blowout: Yes, the Pacers are down 0-3 in this series. And, yes, they know deep down there is no way they can come back and win this seven-game First Round series. Saying that, Las Vegas oddsmakers only have the Cavaliers favored by 3-points indicating this game will probably be closer than many fans feel it should be. On top of that, no matter how talented the team, close-out games are always tough and sweeping an NBA Playoff series can be even tougher. This game could be close. And ultimately, that's fine...as long as the Cavaliers are bringing out their brooms to celebrate a First Round sweep of the Pacers.