Celtics vs. Pacers prediction: IN has shot to steal Game 1

Celtics unlucky with 2019 NBA draft pick tiebreakers

Celtics unlucky with 2019 NBA draft pick tiebreakers

In truth, though, the Pacers' issues were as much their own doing as anything the Celtics did.

IN started the third quarter with a seven-point lead after a nice first half, but the Celtics started fast in the third quarter, scoring the period's first seven points to tie the game at 45. Al Horford added 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward had 10 points. He just really shapes our team really well, and we all had to pick up for him tonight. That third quarter was huge for them. "I thought we had some open looks in that third quarter and really lost our rhythm".

Likewise, Stevens said his team found something in that quarter.

As the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers learned the hard way Saturday, the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets both entered the playoffs playing at a higher level than Indiana. "We were really flying around".

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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.

When Terry Rozier bombed in a 27-footer in the final second of the quarter, the Celtics took a 64-53 lead to the fourth period and never looked back. Those happen to be Indiana Pacers colors as well, but it was all green on Sunday at the start of what Celtics fans hope is a long postseason run. We can expect a better shooting performance from the Celtics this time around, but I'm not sure we can say the same for the Pacers. The lead grew to 84-62 on a 3-pointer by Tatum with 3:34 remaining. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last seven home games.

The change paid off with Morris going 3 of 4 in the period, including two 3-pointers, and scoring 12 points.

"It was hard", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Over the past 35 years, teams that shot that poorly and committed that many turnovers had gone a combined 3-19 in playoff games before Sunday. Barring some extremely unforeseen events, once the Celtics make it past IN, they will face the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA's best record, best point differential and, most importantly, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the league's best and most valuable player. But it's tough. Those guys are physical. "I got a couple of bigs guarding me, so I'm just trying to space the floor and read their closeouts [and] trying to let the game come to me". 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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