April 19, 2019

Celtics beat Pacers in game one 84-74

15 April 2019, 08:23 | Anna Jefferson

Meet the Pacers Scouting what the Celtics must overcome in the first round

Meet the Pacers Scouting what the Celtics must overcome in the first round

Kyrie Irving is averaging 20 points and seven assists while Marcus Morris is averaging 20 points and seven rebounds.

The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in game two of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the TD Garden. Considering their playoff run past year without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics were expected to be among the top contenders, but have underachieved and enter the playoffs as the East's No. 4 seed. Much of the ugliness of the game was a credit to the Pacers, who can make this series competitive only by making it as ugly as possible. The Celtics quickly made it 29-25, but the Pacers answered with six straight to lead 36-25 with 5:15 to go in the second.

Boston held IN to just 74 points at TD Garden, including a 26-8 advantage IN a pivotal third-quarter. "We just didn't make shots in that third quarter". The Pacers did that exactly, limiting the Celtics and jumping out to an early 12-6 lead. On the flipside of that, they held the Pacers to 74 points, they least they've allowed all season long. That third quarter was huge for them.

"I think what we were doing out there today was good for us", Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. The over is 5-2 in Pacers last 7 overall. The Celtics never really got going offensively, but they never really needed to in a double-digit victory. "Then we had open looks that we didn't knock down, and I thought we lost a little confidence".

The Celtics have been at their best this season when they are forcing turnovers, spacing the floor and knocking down outside shots. While it's just one game, the Boston Celtics seem to be playing with that pep in their step again, and they're one of the scariest teams in the league when playing to their full potential.

The picture-perfect moment capped a successful Game 1 for the elder Morris, who scored 20 points in a postseason game for just the third time in his Celtics career.

This dunk by Brown helped jumpstart Boston's big second-half run.

"I miss Smart", Irving said in his post-game interview on TNT, according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive. He just really shapes our team really well, and we all had to pick up for him tonight.

While you can totally win games with defense, I'd like to see Boston hit some shots in Game 2. Just the focus level on the game plan really comes to the ultimate level and we depend on each other that much more.

But given how things started in Toronto and Philadelphia this weekend, the Celtics will take a win and a lead over the alternative.

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