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Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers Preview and Predictions 04-19-2019 in NBA


Kyrie Irving is making the most of his first playoff series with the Boston Celtics, who take a 2-0 lead into Game 3 at the Indiana Pacers on Friday. Irving scored 20 points and helped lead a dominant defensive effort in a series-opening 84-74 win and finished with 37 points, seven assists and six rebounds in Wednesday's come-from-behind 99-91 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup.

"It's pretty peaceful," Irving, who missed the playoffs last season due to injury, told reporters of his first great performance in the postseason with the Celtics. "I'm just happy to be able to be part of a lineage of great players that have put on some unbelievable performances here in the TD, as well as in the old Garden." Boston trailed by 12 points with 11 minutes remaining before putting together a 16-0 run -- the last eight points by Irving -- to seize control. "It's always been one quarter that kills us in the second half," Pacers forward Thaddeus Young told reporters of his team, which lost its way in Game 1 when it was outscored 26-8 in the third quarter. "We're getting good looks and shots are not falling. ... We gotta put together a 48-minute game and we haven't been able to that." Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points in Game 2 for Indiana, which is shooting 38.8 percent from the floor in the series.

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, ABC, NBCS Boston, FS Indiana LINE: Pacers -2.5

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Forward Jayson Tatum scored 26 points in Wednesday's win and was the catalyst in a game-ending 10-0 surge by producing six points and one assist. "I just get really excited," Tatum, who is averaging 20.5 points on 54.8 percent shooting in the series, told the media. "This is the best time of year in basketball and it's the most important time of the year, so you've got to try to be your best, be aggressive, because every game really counts." Center Al Horford fought through an illness to grab 10 rebounds in Game 2 for Boston, which has a 103-78 advantage on the glass in the series.



ABOUT THE PACERS: Shooting guard Wesley Matthews was held to six points -- his second straight single-digit effort -- in Game 2 and had a turnover in the closing moments with his team down three points, but hopes the team can carry some positives back home. "Missed a couple of good looks," he told reporters. "Held them under a 100. The defense was still there. They made more timely baskets than we did." Center Myles Turner, who averaged 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds during the regular season, is averaging 6.5 and 5.5, respectively, in the series.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Pacers PF Domantas Sabonis, who averaged 14.4 points in the regular season, has a total of eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in the series.

2. Irving has at least 20 points in 10 of his last 11 playoff games and the one in which he fell short of that mark he finished with 19.

3. Boston has won five straight meetings overall, the last four in a 20-day span.

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Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Capacity: 18,165

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indiana-pacers Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Bojan Bogdanovic 81 81 1454 161 37 1051 522 305 246 386 164 33
Domantas Sabonis 74 5 1043 212 30 700 413 291 208 17 9 186
Thaddeus Young 81 81 1024 204 27 841 443 135 87 146 51 192
Myles Turner 74 74 984 115 28 780 380 201 148 196 76 101
Darren Collison 76 76 853 459 24 659 308 190 158 194 79 36
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Domantas Sabonis 74 5 504 30 48 160 239 1
Myles Turner 74 74 430 199 60 100 195 1
Thaddeus Young 81 81 331 37 123 123 194 4
Bojan Bogdanovic 81 81 300 1 69 134 138 5
Cory Joseph 82 9 240 22 94 80 131 0

boston-celtics Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Kyrie Irving 67 67 1596 464 43 1241 604 245 214 434 174 71
Jayson Tatum 79 79 1243 168 34 1036 466 228 195 311 116 70
Marcus Morris 75 53 1046 109 31 844 377 173 146 389 146 76
Jaylen Brown 74 25 964 100 30 792 368 202 133 276 95 65
Al Horford 68 68 925 283 24 723 387 95 78 203 73 120
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Jayson Tatum 79 79 407 57 84 122 168 4
Marcus Morris 75 53 382 25 43 92 181 10
Al Horford 68 68 338 86 59 102 126 2
Terry Rozier 79 14 275 21 68 68 101 2
Gordon Hayward 72 18 271 23 62 105 104 1