Pacers Getting Ready for Second Game With Boston After Loss

Pacers Getting Ready for Second Game With Boston After Loss

The series resumes Wednesday.

They found out in their Game 1 win over the Pacers that they are equipped to win an ugly, physical game as well.

While defense wins championships, a team still needs enough offense to win the game.

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

Fortunately, Hayward closed the season out well for the Celtics, and seems to be in a better place right now - both mentally and physically - compared to earlier in the year. The 29 points that IN scored IN the second half were its worst of the season.

IN made just one more basket in the quarter - a layup by Doug McDermott - and finished the period with just eight points, getting outscored 26-8.

In the postgame locker room following their Game 1 loss to the Celtics, the Pacers' message as a team was loud and clear: stay the course. The Celtics blew the Pacers out in the third quarter to open their 2019 postseason run with a decisive win. Here are the main takeaways from the Celtics' and Pacers' gritty Game 1.

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Terry Rozier hit a 27-footer to give the Celtics an 11-point lead heading into the fourth, 64-53. Now they're without Marcus Smart and facing No. 5 seed IN, which the Celtics beat 3-1 straight-up IN the regular season (2-2 against the spread). "They got the momentum and really never let that go". The lead grew to 84-62 on a 3-pointer by Tatum with 3:34 remaining.

"Those guys guarded (their) butts off".

With two full days between games, the Pacers will go back to the drawing board to find ways to jumpstart the offense. They shot only 36 percent from the field, committed 20 turnovers, and won for the first tie this season while scoring less than 100 points.

"It takes a seven-game series and good teams and good players".

After Pacers shooting guard Wesley Matthews drilled a 3-point shot to give IN a 14-6 lead, Stevens called a timeout and substituted Morris and forward Gordon Hayward into the game.

For the Pacers, Cory Joseph led the team with 14 points off the bench and Bojan Bogdanovic was the only other member to reach double figures as he had 12.

A special guest joined Marcus Morris Sr. for his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.

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