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Victor Oladipo Makes Bold Claim After Game 5 Loss to Cavs

LeBron James right celebrates with Cleveland teammate Cedi Osman after his game-winner LeBron James right celebrates with Cleveland teammate Cedi Osman after his game-winner
Eugene Bates | 27 April, 2018, 00:53

LeBron James nailed a dramatic game-winning three to seal a 98-95 victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Indiana Pacers in game five but a huge talking point will be a controversial play that led up to that point.

With the tie level at two wins apiece and the fifth game locked at 95 points each IN had possession of the ball and looked IN firm command to take a 3-2 series lead.

At the last second of the match, LeBron James scored a three-pointer.

The game-winning basket came seconds after he blocked Victor Oladipo's potential go-ahead layup, a play the Pacers thought was goaltending. There are no guarantees in a game where even the best process can clang off the rim, but there is some sort of relief in knowing that James will give any opportunity a near-optimal chance to play out to its fullest.

The Cavaliers enter Game 6 in IN with a huge mental edge. The Quicken Loans Arena erupted and the Cavaliers basked at the moment as they took a commanding 3-2 lead in the series.

Game 6 is set to tip inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 8:00 p.m. EST on Friday night with ESPN, FOX Sports Ohio and FOX Sports Indiana having live broadcast coverage.

As the Pacers dropped Game 5, Joseph added two steals and a block on the other end. Seeing that game end as it did, seeing he-who-must-not-be-named get up on the scorer's table and hype the fans that burned his jersey not-so-long-ago, I have no doubt the boys will be up for the contest-if there's ever been a Pacers team that could come back from 3-2, it's this one. "That third quarter got us back in the game". Unlike the last few years, James is being rumored to be seriously considering leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career.

According to a report shared by Pro Basketball Talk, the 76ers are growing increasingly confident that they will be able to sign James this offseason. With free agency approaching, that's the context that's impossible to ignore as James faces his most hard first-round opponent in the upstart Pacers. Fittingly, NBA.com/Stats is now showing Korver as having the second best Player Impact Estimate (PIE) in the Cavaliers, behind James.

Down by seven at half, the Cavs swarmed the Pacers in the third quarter, forcing five turnovers in the first six minutes and holding in to one field goal over the first 6:52 while opening with a 19-3 run. "I don't think we had a sense of urgency in that first half". "Replays, I guess you guys can see, it was a tough play at the time for him, but it was a goaltend". After being outscored by 15 points in the third quarter, in tied the game with under 30 seconds remaining, but were unable to finish the comeback.

One of the Best Three Point Shooters of the current era, Kyle Korver. Oladipo said that the series wasn't over with and a team has to win four games to move on. Because when you're playing on the ball, sometimes you don't know what's going on behind you - a lot of times you don't know what's going on behind you.

James wound up with 44 points on 14-of-24 shooting from the floor.

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