Pacers-Cavaliers tip-off 2017 NBA Playoffs on Saturday

Once again, the Pacers meet LeBron in the postseason. [Frank McGrath/PS&E]

The Pacers and Cavaliers will get the 2017 NBA Playoffs started on Saturday in a matinee game in front of a national audience.

Game 1 of the best-of-seven series will be played at 3:00 pm ET Saturday, and air on ABC. Paul George, who has been on a tear since March, loves the big stage.

“Ooooh, we’re on ABC? That’s nice. That’s nice,” he said with a big grin after helping the Pacers to their fifth straight win and clinching a playoff spot.

“It’ll be fun. I love the playoffs, I love playing on the biggest stage. It’ll be great going up against LeBron again.”

The Pacers went 1-3 against the Cavaliers during the regular season, with their lone win being in Indy and in a game where four-time NBA MVP LeBron James was rested.

[Paul George hopeful to be voted on All-NBA team]

Full Schedule:

Game 1: Sat., April 15 at Cleveland — 3:00 pm, ABC
Game 2: Mon., April 17 at Cleveland — 7:00 pm, TNT
Game 3: Thu., April 20 at Indiana — 7:00 pm, TNT
Game 4: Sun., April 23 at Indiana — 1:00 pm, ABC
Game 5*: Tue., April 25 at Cleveland — TBD, TBD
Game 6*: Thu., April 27 at Indiana — TBD, TBD
Game 7*: Sat., April 29 at Cleveland — TBD, TNT

Paul George and Lance Stephenson on facing the Cavaliers:

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