Friday, 19 April, 2019

Irving, Morris lead Celtics' rally past Pacers in Game 1

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Cary Erickson | 17 April, 2019, 13:00

The Pacers play the Celtics at 7 p.m. and you can hear the game of 1070 The Fam, and watch it on TNT and Fox Sports Indiana. The Celtics did fall 11 points behind early, but this game never felt entirely out of reach until it was Boston in control.

IN then missed two more shots before Cory Joseph connected on two foul shots at the 5:27 mark. 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. The 26-year-old guard's last post-season appearance was during the 2017 NBA Finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers went down in five games to the Golden State Warriors.

Rollver is 10x deposit + bonus. They finished the quarter 2 for 19 from the field. Anyone can come in and make an impact, and it just doesn't have to be on the offensive end. The Celtics outscored IN 26-8 IN the third with a flurry of three-pointers on 9/21 overall shooting, while the Pacers were 2/19. Two stalls down, Bojan Bogdanovic, Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner - all wrapped in towels and ice - were leaning forward and discussing what had gone wrong in a corner of the locker room. Clearly, this team misses All-Star Victor Oladipo, who has been out for a long time. The Pacers finished just 28-for-72 (37.8 percent) from the field, despite going an admirable 10-for-25 (35.7 percent) from three-point range. Boston rallied back thanks to Marcus Morris - his 12 first-quarter points kept the Celtics even at 20-20 after the first 12 minutes.

Points are going to be at a premium in this series, which works for the Pacers but someone has to make shots.

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The Australian 22-year-old had a below average game for his high standards with nine points, seven rebounds and three assists. And Davis added 12 points and 16 rebounds, his energy making Embiid look lethargic at times.

While the Pacers lack a star, the Celtics have a number of players who can shine. And of those 12 points, five came after Brad Stevens had emptied the Celtics' bench.

Unlike the two higher-seeded Eastern Conference teams that began their playoff campaigns Saturday, the Boston Celtics started theirs with a victory Sunday afternoon. Considering their playoff run previous year without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics were expected to be among the top contenders, but have underachieved and enter the playoffs as the East's No. 4 seed. Al Horford was a reliably strong piece up and down the court for the Celtics, scoring 10 points to go with 5 assists, and leading all players with 11 rebounds and a +20 rating.

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.