Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers fell 121-87 to the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The first-round series is tied 3-3 going into Game 7 Sunday at 1 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena, with the winner advancing to face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in the East semifinals.

1. LeBron James won’t let his mind go there.

2. The four-time league MVP said he will not entertain the notion that Sunday could be his last game with the Cavs.

3. His last in two stints that totaled 11 seasons. His last after coming home in the summer of 2014 and ending Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought in 2016.

4. There would be plenty James could think about, foremost that night in Oracle Arena when he chased down Andre Igodala for a block, Kyrie Irving delivered the game-winning shot and Kevin Love provided the crucial defensive stop to beat the Golden State Warriors for the title. Or the parade that drew over one million people downtown, where they stormed the streets to get close to their favorite son.

5. A total of 849 regular-season games as a Cav and another 136 more – with No. 137 to come – in the playoffs.

6. Somehow James will lock his brain and prevent the memories from wiggling through the keyhole.

7. “No. No,” James said when asked if he would think about the end. “The thought of if we don’t play well it will be my last game of the year, that will probably hit my mind. But I haven’t thought about that.”

8. He may be able to shut out the thoughts, but Cavs fans and the media can’t possibly do that. The buildup to Game 7 will include more talk about James opting out of his contract in July and perhaps heading elsewhere in free agency, a possibility that every game against the Pacers seems to make more likely.

9. At halftime, James was the only Cav in double figures. The Cavs finished with three, the Pacers seven. The Pacers outscored the Cavs 35-12 in fast-break points, 58-32 in the paint and 15-7 in second-chance points. The Cavs committed 15 turnovers that led to 29 Pacers’ points. James had four, while J.R. Smith, Kevin Love, Kyle Korver and Rodney Hood had two each.

10. Starters not named James shot 8 of 25 from the field.

11. Love made just 3 of 10 shots, 1 of 4 on 3-pointers, as his percentages in the series slipped to .324 and .370, respectively.

12. “It’s not me,” Love said, acknowledging his struggles, “but it’s not about me, either. I’ve done a lot of other good things. I know you guys will talk about the offense, but I just got to find a way to impact the game in different ways.”

13. Lue could be at his wits end trying to get Love going offensively.

14. “He’s a huge part of our success or our non-success,” Lue said. “Obviously, we try to go to him, we want to go to him. Obviously, we can’t make the shots for him. He has to step up and knock those down. Those things you can’t control. The shot-making, you’re going to have games where you can’t make shots and you can make shots, but we have to continue to let him know how important he is to our success and if want to have any success, either in a Game 7 or moving on to the next round, Kev has to be a big part of that.”

15. Part of his problem could be the sprained left thumb Love suffered in Game 2, but it is to his non-shooting hand.

16. Asked if it was bothering him, Love said, “It’s been a physical series. I got it hit a couple times, but just keep on playing.”

17. “Offensively he isn’t scoring the ball as good as he’s capable of scoring,” Lue said. “It could be the thumb, a lot of it could be fatigue because he’s running around blitzing (Victor) Oladipo at half court and then sprinting back and getting into the possession. It could be multiple things. You’ve just got to play better.”

18. Smith went 3 of 9, 3 of 8 on 3s; he’s shooting .321 and .300, respectively. Jordan Clarkson, supposed to provide a spark off the bench, went 2 of 8, 0 for 4 beyond the arc.

19. If the Cavs had any hope of a second-half comeback after trailing 57-47, that was gone in the first 5:04 of the third quarter as the Pacers pushed the advantage to 20.

20. “It’s been a series of third quarters. It feels like whoever comes out in the second half is the team who has been getting the game,” Korver said. “It’s something we have struggled with a lot over the course of the year. Tonight, they came out in the third quarter and were very aggressive and got the crowd behind them. We didn’t do our job.”

21. The Cavs shot 18 3-pointers in the first half and made six (they started out 6 of 9) instead of sending James driving into the paint, where he feasted in Game 5.

22. “We were shooting the 3s for a reason. They were loading up in there,” Korver said. “As long as we are shooting good 3s, I don’t think we are going to say ‘Don’t shoot them.’ It’s a big part of who we are. We just got to shoot the ball better.”

23. The Pacers’ Victor Oladipo atoned for a 2-for-15 shooting night in Game 5 with a triple-double (28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists). He hit 11 of 19, 6 of 8 from long range.

24. “At the end of the day, they just took the fight to us. Oladipo got going, he had a special night. He set the tone for their team and we have to do a better job on him,” Korver said.

25. “I thought he played faster,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of Oladipo. “I thought he really pushed the ball in transition. I thought he capitalized on our turnovers and poor shot selection early on and that kind of got him going early. He even banked one in, he got it going so good. We’ve just got to do a better job, we’ve got to get back, get floor balance, don’t turn the basketball over so we can let them play against our half-court defense.”

26. In the previous three games, Oladipo went 12 for 50 from the field, 5 for 23 from long range.
27. “I just got out of my own way and made shots,” Oladipo said. “I was shooting the shots I’ve been shooting all year, just shot them with confidence.”

28. What surprised Lue most was how the game got away from them.

29. “The turnovers, the bad shot opportunities really got them out in transition,” Lue said. “I thought they really played fast, tried to attack us early. Misses and makes, they tried to get the ball up the floor quick and try to strike early before we could get our defense set and that really hurt us early on in the first half.”

30. The outcome was two points shy of tying the largest playoff loss in Cavaliers history, that a 36-point defeat at Washington on April 24, 2008.

31. James came to the interview room with a bandage over his left eye. He said he needed stitches after Thaddeus Young hit him with 2:13 left in the second quarter and he went down under the Cavs’ basket, blood pouring from a cut.

32. “If you look at the series, the most physical team won the game,” Lue said. “Their physicality, the ball pressure, really took us out of what we wanted to do offensively.”

33. James knows what the Cavs need to improve to win Sunday.

34. “We got to defend. We got to guard the 3-point line. They shot 15-for-30 today and you’re not going to ever win a basketball game allowing a team to shoot that well from the 3-point line,” James said. “Early on our turnovers were just killing us. They had almost 30 points off our turnovers. Allowed them to get very comfortable in their transition game. I think they had (35) fast-break points as well. That we haven’t done in the first five games, so, we got to clean that up.”

35. Lue said the Cavs were excited about a Game 7 at the Q, where the Cavs went 29-12 in the regular season and are 2-1 in this series.

36. “Fans should be rocking there on Sunday and ready to go,” Lue said.

37. “It will be big, it will be great. The crowd is going to be there and they will do their part. We have to do ours,” Korver said.

38. James said he won’t necessarily say anything or try to gauge if his teammates understand the magnitude of a Game 7, even in the first round.

39. “I don’t know. You guys ask me, ‘Is there anything you can tell your guys Game 1? What can you tell your guys for Game 2? What can you do, tell your guys for Game 3?’ It’s the same answer. Just throw the ball up and let’s go out and play.

40. “I mean it’s the postseason. There’s not much I can give you from my experience. There’s not much people can tell you. You just gotta go out and live in the moment. And if you put everything on the floor, and your mind to it, and you go out and execute and do the things you’re supposed to be doing, and your teammates feel like they can rely on you, then win lose or draw you have nothing to keep your head down about.”

41. Asked to verbalize the desire to move on, James said, “It’s just the love of the game and wanting to be remembered. Game 7 I always said is the two greatest words in sports. But I played a Game 7 in the Finals and there’s no move on after that.

42. “Us having a Game 7 on our floor, our fans are going to be truly excited to be a part of that. And hope our guys are excited about that as well, and understand that just don’t take those moments for granted. I’ve been a part of Game 7s for quite a while now and it’s just something that you wish you can get back when you’re done playing the game.”

43. James did not like the suggested narrative that all the pressure is on the Cavs because they have him and they’ve been to three consecutive Finals while the Pacers have a lot of new players. Of the 16 on Indiana’s opening night roster, only five (including two starters, Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young) were with the Pacers on opening night 2016. The Cavs added six at the trade deadline and four more who have seen playoff action were new this season.

44. “I feel you just made that up,” James said. “I feel like that’s your opinion. We’re a newer team than they are, if you look at it. They’ve been together all year. Our team just got put together late February, We played well enough to get home court in the first-round series and just try to protect home. Come out and play well. But the narrative between now and Sunday, obviously I won’t hear any of it and I hope my guys stay away from it as well, but, just go out and play. Just go out and play your game and like I said live with the results.”