Game Preview: Pacers at Celtics (Game 2)

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2019

The Celtics lead the series 1-0, but have now defeated the Indiana Pacers four consecutive times.

"I think what we were doing out there today was good for us", Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said.

But the truth is that this version of IN - the one without star guard Victor Oladipo, out for the season because of a torn quad tendon suffered January 29 - shouldn't be good enough to beat the Celtics or, frankly, make this a long series.

The Pacers led by 11 points in the first half but had just eight points in the third quarter.

While the points certainly benefited the Celtics, point guard Kyrie Irving thought Morris offered more than what was represented in the box score.

April 14, 2019: The Pacers' offense couldn't find its footing in the second half en route to an 84-74 Game 1 loss to the Celtics in Boston.

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. "We'll do our best to get a good couple of nights of prep, and get ready for these guys on Wednesday". The Celtics entered the year with championship aspirations and settled for inconsistency and occasional struggles on both ends of the floor, leading to a 4-seed that barely earned them an extra home game next to the Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the first round.

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"We just had to turn that page", he said.

Smart could very well be out for the duration of Boston's playoff run unless they make it all the way to the NBA Finals. "It's the next-play mentality".

"We just got to come out with that attitude, same pressure". Defensively, we all can be in the right spots for each other and really impact and manage the game the way we want to and control the pace. He just really shapes our team really well, and we all had to pick up for him tonight. I love getting a lot of points in a relatively low-scoring game as points are at a premium. The Boston Celtics are allowing 22.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 55 rebounds per game.

Stevens said he could tell Morris was probably going to have a good game, based on the team's two most recent practices.

To beat the Bucks - and, ultimately, make it out of the East - Boston will need to be far better than it was Sunday.

I keep looking back at the March 25 meeting between these two teams (Note: This was after the Pacers lost Victor Oladipo for the season, so similar lineups to what we'll see in this series), when the Celtics won 114-112 but didn't cover as seven-point home favorites.

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