Cavs-Pacers a matchup with new players, new feel

Victor Oladipo and the Pacers will seeking a different playoff outcome vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers this time.

It’s pro basketball, and it’s serious business for a lot of people. But never forget it’s also entertainment — and you can always count on teams’ social media accounts to keep the fun in the game.

Such was the case Wednesday night, shortly after the Eastern Conference playoff matchups were set.

The Cavaliers finished with the fourth seed, pitting them against the fifth-seeded Indiana Pacers in the first round. This, of course, will be the second consecutive season in which the Cavs and Pacers meet to open the postseason, with Game 1 set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena (ABC).

The Cavs tweeted out this information … and the Pacers promptly responded with a tweet of their own.

The Cavs swept last season’s series (just one of two playoff meetings between the franchises, with the Pacers winning the other in 1998). But these are two different teams entirely.

Last year’s Cavs had players such as Kyrie Irving, Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and even Deron Williams. The Pacers had Paul George, Jeff Teague, C.J. Miles and Monta Ellis.

All of those players are elsewhere today.

Now, the series will feature the likes of Cavs star LeBron James (obviously) and Pacers star Victor Oladipo (also obviously), as well as Cleveland newcomers such as George Hill (a former Pacer), Larry Nance Jr., Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood.

None of those final four were with the Cavs during this season’s four-game series, which the Pacers won, 3-1.

So it’s the same two teams, but with a different look. And already, it’s looking like it should be a lot of fun, with the early tweets likely just the beginning.

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