Pacers prepare for playoff play

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) is defended by Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If the Pacers are feeling the playoff pressure, no one would be able to tell from their practices.

The players and staff seemed very relaxed at Thursday's practice ahead of facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs.

Victor Oladipo said the this time is fun for NBA players. "It's the playoffs, baby. It's a league of its own."

Oladipo said he's looking forward to the competition, the atmosphere, and the chance to bring the team and the city a championship.

And so are fans.

The now-infamous clip of Lance Stephenson blowing into Lebron James' ear during the teams' 2014 playoff matchup is one of the most memorable playoff moments for Pacers fans.

Fans are undoubtedly looking forward to the Lance vs. Lebron reunion.

James and Stephenson haven't spoken since it happened, but Stephenson said he's OK with that.

"I'm just so competitive and I try not to get that relationship with being friends mixed up with it on the court." Stephenson said every game, everybody he plays against is his enemy.

He said he's got some extra motivation going into the series and he's looking forward to the competition.

"Playing in the playoffs against Lebron is tough," Stephenson said. "Everyone is watching ... It's going to be challenging...but I think we're set for it."

Stephenson is right about the challenge. James hasn't lost a first-round playoff game in seven years.

The Pacers are hoping to end that streak beginning Sunday.