It was quite obvious that the opening round contest between the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers would be a tight one. The Celtics finished fourth in the East with a record of 49-33, while the Pacers were one game behind with a 48-34 record.
The Pacers are one game back of Boston after taking an 84-74 loss on the road. During the regular season, the Pacers only won one contest of the four games played. The Pacers will look to even the series before the game shifts to Indiana for games 3 and 4.
Bojan Bogdanovic recorded 35 minutes in game 1. Over the course of his time played, he was able to record just 12 points. It’s obvious that the Pacers are missing Victor Oladipo at this point.
Despite the ten point loss, the Pacers actually had the lead at the end of the first half. Unfortunately for the Pacers, the Celtics were able to climb back and eventually take the victory.
Boston’s third quarter was the difference maker. They opened on a 22-3 run as the Pacers missed 11 straight shots.
Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris will need to be controlled if the Pacers want any chance of winning game 2. In game one, Irving was able to drop 20 points en route to the victory. Morris didn’t start the game, but in his 29 minutes played he also managed 20 points. Only two players on Indiana were able to score more than 10 points (Cory Joseph and Bojan Bogdanovic).
Game 2 will be huge for this series. At home this season, the Celtics are an impressive 28-13. On the road, the Pacers did not rack up the W’s in the regular season. Indiana were 19-22.
If the series shifts back to Indiana tied 1-1, the series could sway in their direction. Boston is 21-20 on the road this season, while the Pacers are 29-12 at home. Indiana’s one regular-season victory against Boston came at home, but the score was only 102-101. In that contest, Victor Oladipo dropped 24 on Boston.
Indiana hopes to even out the series before returning home, while the Celtics hope to gain a commanding 2-0 lead.