Ep. 93: Previewing Pacers-Celtics with Bob Kravitz

Rex Christensen
April 17, 2019

In the third, however, two things happened that allowed the Celtics to take control of the game completely: Kyrie Irving woke up, and IN went icy cold from the floor.

The Celtics and Pacers will meet for Game 2 of the series Wednesday. IN will head into Wednesday night with a 4-12 against the spread record in their last 16 road games versus teams with winning records at home.

"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.

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.

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While the Raptors and Sixers failed to hold on to their home court advantage on Saturday, the Boston Celtics opened the 2109 NBA Playoffs in triumph at TD Garden.

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- Celtics flip the game in the third quarter. Irving, the Celtics star, discussed the victory with reporters after the game. The Celtics outscored the Pacers 26-8 in the third, as in missed its first 11 shots, committed five turnovers and didn't get credit for a field goal until the 3:28 mark of the period - and that came on a goaltending call. Irving had eight points, attacking the rim to get to the free throw line while also dishing out three assists. He nailed his first three attempts - a 24-foot 3-pointer, a pull-up mid-range jumper, and a 26-foot 3-pointer - in addition to drawing a foul on another 3-point shot attempt.

Irving and Marcus Morris each scored 20 points, and the Boston rallied in the second half to the beat Indiana Pacers 84-74 on Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

Celtics: Outrebounded the Pacers 55-42. And of those 12 points, five came after Brad Stevens had emptied the Celtics' bench. During that span, Boston's starters shot 3 for 7 from the field and turned the ball over four times.

Al Horford recorded a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Celtics, while Jayson Tatum chipped in with 15 points and Gordon Hayward had 10.

A quick 9-2 run for IN to open up the second forced Stevens into a timeout with 9:08 left and the Pacers leading 29-22.

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.

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