Game Preview: Pacers at Celtics (Game 2)

Celtics vs Pacers Playoff Series Predictions

Celtics vs Pacers Playoff Series Predictions

As Morris fielded questions about his 20-point performance against the Indiana Pacers, his 9-month old son - Marcus Morris Jr., affectionately known as "Benji" - sat atop his lap in a bite-sized No. 13 jersey.

The Celtics and Pacers will return to action Wednesday in Boston in Game 2.

"He's a very good 3-point shooter, we know that, " Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. 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.

IN then missed two more shots before Cory Joseph connected on two foul shots at the 5:27 mark.

But after an up-and-down regular season that often felt like an underwhelming, extended prelude to the playoffs, things didn't feel much different in the postseason. "If those shots fall Game 2, we're talking a different game".

Following the Boston Celtics blowout victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs' first round, Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving dedicates Boston's victory to Marcus Smart, a player widely considered to be the heart and soul of the team.

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"When we're in the trenches like that, just continue to get stops". If you look at the shots we missed, they were good shots.

Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead.

After failing to make even one-third of their shots in the first half while falling behind 45-38, the fourth-seeded Celtics became a defensive force in the third quarter. "We were really playing hard".

"I thought we kind of lost our way", McMillan said. But transition defense remained an issue for the Pacers as the Celtics outscored IN 24-14 on the fastbreak.

The 12 points in the opening 12 minutes marked Morris's highest scoring output in any quarter this season. "That game looked like a 1980s playoff game in a lot of ways with the score".

While his team was able to recover from a dismal start, Stevens said the Pacers' defense deserved credit for making things hard on them throughout the game. "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". 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.

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