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Celtics vs. Pacers Game 3 Recap (04/19)
This was a fantastic win. That 3-0 lead takes a bunch of pressure off this team going forward. The Celtics started off ridiculously hot and built a 15 point lead somewhere in the 1st quarter. Unfortunately, the Pacers also started to get hot late in the 1st and that allowed them to keep it just within distance. By that point, I kind of expected the lead to go away. Keeping early leads in tight playoff matchups on the road is almost impossible.
The most impressive part of this game was the defensive effort in the second half. Indiana was getting whatever they wanted in the second quarter, especially in the high pick-and-roll. After that, though, the Celtics really locked down as we’ve seen them do throughout the series. I also loved our execution down the stretch. Once we gained a 7 point lead, we fought hard to maintain it in a very back-and-forth 4th quarter. The guys stepped up and the Kyrie-Horford two man game carried us home (as well as some very clutch offensive rebounds). It’s safe to say that I really trust this team in the clutch.
In terms of what went wrong, the two biggest things, again, were turnovers and sustaining the offense. With 13 turnovers on the road, we were frankly lucky to come out of this one with a W. Keeping the offense going once the jumpers weren’t falling was also an issue (probably THE biggest issue with this team). The Celtics scored 22 points in the paint and that really isn’t acceptable. I NEED to see a more conscientious effort at getting to the basket by our guys. Also, going forward I won’t be mentioning Milwaukee until this series is over.
Player Performance Notes:
(1) I know Jayson Tatum had another huge game, but how about his playmaking and IQ?!
(2) Kyrie was really busting his ass on the defensive end. Same with Rozier. Good for them.
(3) Jaylen Brown had an amazing scoring night. He can shoot over the smaller Collison all day.
(4) I was a little taken aback by Hayward last night. I don’t care much that he was missing shots, but he showed very little aggression in terms of getting to the basket and he’s been great at that lately.
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