Celtics beat Pacers in game one 84-74

Celtics vs Pacers Playoff Series Predictions

The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in game two of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs at the TD Garden.

If Boston cranks up their defense in these first two home games, I suspect in will be down 0-2 heading back home. "We were getting wide open looks and they were rattling in-and-out or they were just missed shots".

It also was a good quarter for Morris, who led all players with 12 points in the first quarter.

"I think that experience, firsthand, is always the best teacher", Irving said.

"We held them to 84 points".

Boston finished the game shooting 36.7 percent from the field, with 20 turnovers.

While Boston's task for at least the next week will be focusing on and trying to take advantage of Indiana's weak spots, what the Celtics need to be doing - at least to have the deep playoff run they believe they are capable of - is shoring up their own. "We were really playing hard".

As a Pacers season ticket holder, once Victor Oladipo went down with his season-ending quad rupture, I pretty much wrote them off from there. "We were really flying around".


Boston's run included a brief appearance by Celtics legend and former Pacers front office executive Larry Bird, who was shown on the big screen during a timeout.

After going down 43-33 late in the second quarter, the Celtics outscored the Pacers 51-31 from there.

IN fought back a little bit in the final minutes of the frame, but Terry Rozier put the Celts' lead at 11 just before the buzzer with an impressive 3-pointer. The lead grew to 84-62 on a 3-pointer by Tatum with 3:34 remaining.

But after Boston committed four turnovers in the first four minutes of the game, Stevens quickly adjusted, inserting Morris and Hayward.

The 12 points in the opening 12 minutes marked Morris's highest scoring output in any quarter this season. The Celtics pulled ahead and stayed ahead, something I don't remember them doing all year, save a 56 point win in Chicago. From the court, they loom hauntingly, lingering as a reminder of the expectations placed on the team that plays below.

"Those guys guarded their butts off", Stevens said.

With two full days between games, the Pacers will go back to the drawing board to find ways to jumpstart the offense. Irving, the Celtics star, discussed the victory with reporters after the game. He joined Isaiah Thomas in 2015 and JoJo White in 1972. Kraft was charged with two counts of solicitation in January after police said he twice paid to have sex with employees at a Florida spa.

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