"I've always stayed even-keeled with the postseason", James said after registering his 20th career playoff triple-double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.
Forget LeBron James making his eighth consecutive trip to the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals - the Cleveland Cavaliers star might have trouble just getting out of the opening round of the play-offs.
Turns out, there was something new.
It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 and didn't realise he had been flawless starting the post-season.
"Is it?" James said. "I mean, I'm down 0-1 in the first round".
"Right now, I'm focused on game two", said Oladipo.
He scored 36 points to help Oklahoma City defeat Utah 116-108 in Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series Sunday night. "Just playing hard. I feel like that dunk set a (message) that we're not playing with y'all, we're going to be in attack mode and do whatever it takes to win".
In front of a (rare) nationally televised audience, the Pacers punched the Cavs square in the face from the onset, and answered every potential run the defending Eastern Conference Championships threw at them.
Al Horford scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Boston and Terry Rozier, starting in place of injured Kyrie Irving, added 23 points.
When the final horn sounded, the Pacers didn't celebrate or run around the floor like they accomplished anything special.
"We believe that we can win", Oladipo said. We've been playing our butts off on both ends of the floor all year.
Only two other Cleveland players managed to crack double digits in scoring, with J.R. Smith notching 15 and Larry Nance Jr. delivering 10 on the afternoon. The Cavaliers are clearly going to have to get more from guys like Rodney Hood, George Hill, Love, Jeff Green and company to square the series.
"I think they're going to try to use what we did to them against us", Stephenson said. The Cavs just started off slow, which is why they lost the game. The Cavaliers had more turnovers (six) than field goals (five) in the opening quarter: they shot 25 percent from the field, including zero for eight from three point range. The Cavs made only 8 of their 34 three-point attempts.
He also talks about how Gilbert actually wanted to take Oladipo with the first pick in the 2013 draft, but the front office was sold on Anthony Bennett so they went with him.
It also was the first playoff-opening loss for James, who came in 12-0 in Game 1s and didn't realize he had been ideal starting the postseason.
The LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers lost their first game versus the Indiana Pacers - the first time James lost a first-round game since joining the Cavs as a number one pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. The Pacers (45-37) had a better expected record based on point difference - typically a better indicator of postseason success than actual record - than Cleveland (43-39). Those Pacers, though, didn't have Oladipo or the balance of this Indy squad, which may lack experience but not confidence.
"That's what LeBron brings out in you", Stephenson said.