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Cavaliers-Pacers playoff series heats up

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Cleveland and Indiana are locked in a first round playoff matchup with major implications to the balance of power in the conference at stake.

Cleveland and Indiana are locked in a first round playoff matchup with major implications to the balance of power in the conference at stake.

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Cleveland and Indiana are locked in a first round playoff matchup with major implications to the balance of power in the conference at stake.

JERRIUS CAMPBELL, Sports Writer

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At times, sports fans may wonder just how long players such as Manu Ginobili have been playing in the NBA. It’s crazy to believe that at 40, Ginobili is still carrying the San Antonio Spurs to a playoff victory.

On top of that, he is playing against the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors.

Since the injury of Kwahi Leonard, the Spurs as a team have not played well. The offense now relies on LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills.

Although Aldridge has had one of the best seasons of his career, the Spurs are still not in optimal shape to win a seven game series against the Warriors.

Aldridge ended with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Off the bench, Ginobili put up 16 points and five assists to help the Spurs stay alive in the West, 103 to 90. 

In the East, an ongoing conflict between LeBron James and Lance Stephenson has ignited again in the playoffs. The conflict all began during the 2014 season when Lance Stephenson blew in LeBron’s ear.

Somehow the Pacers and the Cavs ended up playing each other in the first round.

As of press time, the series is tied 2-2 after the Cavaliers ran away with the game in the fourth quarter of game four. Lebron ended with 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Kyle Korver made an impact on offense with four three-point baskets, two coming off back-to-back screen plays from deep.

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