Boston Celtics win Game 1 in defensive struggle vs Indiana Pacers

NBA Playoff Previews Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers

Smart responded on Twitter a short while after Game 1. Jayson Tatum chipped in 15 of his own on 6-11 shooting and a ideal 3-3 from deep. "I thought we had some open looks in that third quarter and really lost our rhythm". Game 2 will take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Boston's big run started with a dunk by Jaylen Brown (check it out below), but Irving dominated the third quarter, dropping eight points and dishing out three assists while the Pacers scored just eight points on 2-for-19 shooting. His 3-pointer at the 2:15 mark tied things at 18, and his pair of free throws near the end the quarter made the score 20-20 heading into the second.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Pacers coach Nate McMillan both said before the series that the more physical team would have the edge.

"We held them to 84 points".

Bird, the "Hick from French Lick" was one of the most dominant players of his era, routinely leading the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals where he would win three times and win three consecutive NBA MVP awards.

"He just brought a really intense veteran mindset, just being able to go out there and impact the game, " said Irving, who totaled 20 points in his first playoff game with the Celtics.

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Morris, who was recently bumped from the starting lineup in favor of center Aron Baynes, nearly singlehandedly kept the Celtics afloat by scoring 12 of their next 14 points.

"I just try to be aggressive on the ball, be in the right spots", Irving said.

This is obviously not where the Boston Celtics were hoping to be but even with a season full of inconsistency and apparent chemistry problems, they have everything they need to make a run at the title.

Boston's offense finally came alive in the third quarter when they played with some gosh darned PACE!

IN led by as many as 11 in the first half before Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead. But there was a gradual decrescendo, as the Celtics managed to tally just 6 points in the first six minutes of play. Before you make any Pacers vs. Celtics picks, listen to what the SportsLine Projection Model has to say. I love getting a lot of points in a relatively low-scoring game as points are at a premium.

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