INDIANAPOLIS – Pacers guard Victor Oladipo understands that the task at hand will not be easy.
After a difficult start, the Cleveland Cavaliers have won 13 consecutive franchise record games in Friday night's game in Indiana.
"They are a great team and they are playing very, very, very well at the moment," Oladipo said. "They have a lot of great players on that team, and we're going to have to be ready to play."
Cleveland (18-7) may be looking for some sort of recovery after a 124-107 loss to visiting Pacers on November 1.
Guard Dwyane Wade, 12 times All-Star, leads the second unit of the Cavaliers.
"We said all year that our bank is special," Wade said. "When you have guys like Jeff (Green) go out for 20 or Kyle (Korver) or myself for 20, that makes us special and makes us a difficult team, we do not have to do it (score 20) every night." That guy (LeBron) James) from there, that's what he signed up for, when you leave the bank, you have to do what you can to help the team win. "
Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said his reserves have been phenomenal.
"They know how to play the game and play against each other," said Lue.
Meanwhile, James' shooting has been better than ever.
James, a shooting shooter of 34.4 percent in his career, is converting to 43 percent from the 3-point range this season. James is shooting 58.7 percent in total from the field, well above his 50.3 shooting percentage in his career.
"I want to keep improving my game," James said. I try to improve every year. Shooting the ball is what the league became. For me, continuing to improve is what I wanted to do. I put a lot of work into my off-season training. "
James, who is averaging 28.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists, sealed a 1
Korver started the comeback with three triples in the last quarter. The Cavs lost by five after three quarters.
"There are games in which you feel (you are) a routine that you can not get out of, and then a guy like Kyle (who) never stands still can help us out of that, which he did," James said. .
Oladipo knows the sensation. The Pacers (14-11) needed a bigger comeback in the fourth quarter to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-96 on Wednesday. Indiana dragged the Bulls by 14 after three quarters. Indiana's first lead was 97-96 when Oladipo hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left.
"There are 82 games, and you probably have a slow start like this regardless of whether you're at home or on the road," Oladipo said. "You have to realize that the big teams respond regardless of the situation, it took us into the fourth quarter to do it, and we did it."
Pacers center Myles Turner said the fans helped motivate the team during the rally.
"We feed on the energy of the crowd in all games, especially in the stretch," said Turner. "Every time we see these seats full and we do not see any green (empty seats), he shoots us, I know Friday will be full because we will play the Cavs, we would like to see him like that every night"