Over the previous five seasons, the Indiana Pacers struggled
against the Cleveland Cavaliers, especially at Quicken Loans
However, the Cavaliers will try to avoid their longest home
losing streak in nearly eight years Saturday night when they meet
the Pacers for the first time this season.
The Pacers (3-4) have dropped 16 of 19 to the Cavaliers dating
back to Dec. 23, 2005, and had lost 10 straight in Cleveland until
a 116-113 victory April 9.
Indiana might have a good chance for another win in its return
to Cleveland as the Pacers won’t have to face LeBron James, who has
averaged 29.4 points in his last 16 games against them, but now
plays for Miami.
Instead, the Pacers will take on a Cavaliers team that hasn’t
lost four in a row in Cleveland since March 2-11, 2003. Heading
into this campaign, the Cavaliers were 74-8 at home over the
previous two seasons.
After a perfect three-game road trip, the Cavaliers (4-4)
couldn’t complete a home-and-home sweep of New Jersey on Wednesday.
They scored 35 points in the second half of a 95-87 loss.
While it’s scored at least 93 points in three consecutive road
victories, Cleveland hasn’t topped 88 in its past two home
“When we’re on the road, it’s a little bit more of that
‘us-against-the-world’ attitude, and we go out there and we’re a
little more free and we play with that type of attitude,”
first-year coach Byron Scott told the Cavaliers’ official website.
“But when we’re at home, we probably put too much pressure on
ourselves to go out there and perform.
“We just need to relax and play the way we know we’re capable of
Even worse for the Cavaliers, they may have lost starters Mo
Williams and Anderson Varejao to injuries during the loss to the
After sitting most of training camp and the season’s first three
games after hurting his right groin, Williams hurt his left side
late in the third quarter.
“These injuries are tricky,” Williams said. “We’ll attack this
right away and we’ll do whatever it takes to get back on the
Varejao went to the locker room with bruised ribs in the first
quarter, but later returned. He and Williams are game-time
decisions after neither player practiced Friday.
Williams is second on the team with an average of 14.6 points
per game. Varejao is the Cavs’ leading rebounder with 9.4 per
The Pacers head into this matchup having dropped three of four,
and couldn’t build off a record-setting performance while dropping
a 102-99 decision to Houston on Friday.
Indiana scored a franchise-best 54 points in the third quarter
and made 20 of 21 shots during a 144-113 win over Denver on
Tuesday. The Pacers didn’t top 28 in any period against the
“We never got into our tempo or our rhythm,” guard Mike Dunleavy
said. “We had a lot of breakdowns on both sides of the ball.”
Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 18 points and Danny Granger added
Granger, who leads the Pacers in scoring (20.4 ppg) this season,
was 14 of 14 from the free-throw line and scored 36 during
Indiana’s win at Cleveland in April.