Marcus Morris' Son Makes Guest Appearance At Celtics Postgame Presser

Celtics vs Pacers Playoff Series Predictions

In his first playoff game as a Celtic, Irving became just third player in franchise history to have 20-plus points, five-plus assists and five-plus rebounds in his postseason debut with the team.

From there, Boston continued to pile it on with what would end up being a 22-5 run.

When the third was said and done, Boston had outscored IN 26-8 IN the quarter and led 64-53. The Pacers just don't have enough consistent offense to be much of a threat in this series.

"We held them to 84 points".

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.

"They missed some shots, but we were really connected", he said. They finished the first half with 10 turnovers, which led to 11 Pacers points. "They did that, so we'll go back to the drawing board ourselves, and we'll come back". The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Pacers coach Nate McMillan both said before the series that the more physical team would have the edge. "They got the momentum and really never let that go". Bojan Bogdanovic was the lone Pacers starter in double figures with 12 points.

Boston got a boost off the bench from Marcus Morris. IN scored 29 points in the second half, and the quarter and half were both its worst of the season. He nailed his first three attempts - a 24-foot 3-pointer, a pull-up mid-range jumper, and a 26-foot 3-pointer - in addition to drawing a foul on another 3-point shot attempt.

In the second, the Pacers trailed 22-21 before ripping an 8-0 run to lead 29-22 and force a Boston timeout with 9:08 left in the first half. From there, IN was able to hold onto its lead heading into the locker room.

Sour first half. Sweet second half.

Cory Joseph had 14 points for the Pacers.

Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris scored 20 points apiece for Boston, which won handily despite shooting just 36.4 percent.

Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points.

The Pacers were outrebounded 48-33 by the Celtics.

The third quarter went a long way in deciding today's contest. When the dust settled, Boston outscored IN 26-8 IN the period and led 64-53.

"We didn't establish ourselves in that third quarter and the turnovers led to poor execution and missed some shots". "I thought he played really big and strong". "I'm just coming in trying to make an impact". They have balance and depth but they don't quite have the top-level talent to hang with the Celtics at their best.

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

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