Halftime Pindowns: Cavs being crushed by gritty Pacers

LeBron James and the Cavaliers were a mess in the first half of Game 1.

A dirty dozen random halftime pindowns as the Cavaliers trail the Pacers, 55-38, of Game 1…

1. Down 17, and it could have been a lot worse for Cleveland. Starting the game shooting 2-of-11 and turning the basketball over six times only graded the skids for what went down the rest of the half.

2. LeBron James came out with a mindset of trying to get his teammates involved, taking only three shots in the first quarter, finishing with only two points on a pair of free throws.

3. It didn’t work. While James was passing the ball to teammates, they were clanking away. Exacerbating the situation was the fact James didn’t attack the basket even once the entire first quarter, which ended with the Pacers up, 33-14.

4. The 14 points were the low-water mark for any opening 12 minutes the Cavs have played this season.

5. Spurred by some active minutes by J.R. Smith to start the second quarter, the Cavs closed to within 11 at 34-23 on a 9-1 run at the 8:47 mark. But after a timeout by Indiana coach Nate McMillan, the Pacers responded with a quick 6-0 run to push the margin back to 17 at 40-23.

6. How could it have actually been worse for Cleveland? Well, the Cavs shot just 2-of-14 from the 3-point line and, even worse, only 5-of-11 from the free-throw stripe, James and Rodney Hood combining to miss five of their final six attempts.

7. With James and Kevin Love combining for a grand total of two points in the first quarter, it’s no surprise the Cavs were down 19 after one.

8. Speaking of Love, he did not score his first points until making a corner 3-ball with 1:50 to go in the half. Along with Hood, Jeff Green and George Hill, Love picked up two fouls early. He did manage to grab eight rebounds.

9. For the Pacers, it could not have gone better. Victor Oladipo continued to torch the Cavs, posting 16 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot in 18 minutes.

10. Myles Turner (12), Bojan Bogdanovic (10) and Lance Stephenson (9) all contributed offensively. Indiana made 7-of-14 from long distance.

11. Just as this was about to be posted, the Pacers came out of the blocks for the second half by scoring four quick points to up their edge to 59-38, forcing Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue to call a timeout 52 seconds into the quarter.

12. A chorus of boos cascaded from the sellout crowd as the Cavs players made their way to the bench.