Celtics Open Playoffs with Low-Scoring 84-74 Victory


Marcus Smart will miss the first round with a torn oblique muscle but Boston can plug either Gordon Hayward or Jaylen Brown into the starting rotation.

After two more turnovers and two more missed shots, making the Pacers 0-for-11 at that point with five turnovers, Joseph finally dropped in a layup with 3:28 left in the period for the Indiana's first basket of the half. Marcus Morris and Kyrie Irving led the team with 20 points apiece. It is their first time meeting in the playoffs since 2005.

- Celtics flip the game in the third quarter. "Then we had open looks that we didn't knock down, and I thought we lost a little confidence".

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Trailing by seven at the half, the Celtics outscored the Pacers by 18 points in the third quarter, and that was all the cushion they needed. Irving, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford are all capable of being even more efficient at the offensive end of the floor as they combed for 16-of-38.

Wednesday's clash with Boston gives the Pacers another shot at stealing homecourt advantage from the fourth-seeded Celtics before the series shifts back to IN for Games 3 and 4. "Had some frustrations, fouls, miscues, but I feel in good shape about where we're at right now". "We were really playing hard".

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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. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.

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

But his play wasn't, as Bogdanovic scored 12 points - six below his season average while shooting 4-for-11 from the field. Former NFL player Cris Carter expects the point guard to be on a mission when Game 1 of the playoffs gets underway. They have incredible defenders on their team. "We'll do our best to get a good couple of nights of prep, and get ready for these guys on Wednesday".

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Irving continued on how he and his team can build on Game 1, whether it was a win or loss, "when you look back at it and see some of the mistakes and some of the things you can correct going forward I think that can really make a huge impact for the players in the locker room". 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.