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Why Kyrie Irving, Celtics should sweep Pacers in best-of-7 series

Why Kyrie Irving, Celtics should sweep Pacers in best-of-7 series

Kyrie Irving always sees the big picture.  He knows that if the Celtics are going to make a deep playoff run, it’s not going to come down to winning at TD Garden, it’s going to come down to winning on the road.  The Celtics All-Star was impressed by his team’s late-game execution — in a game where Boston trailed its opponent in the final two minutes — but winning in Indiana this upcoming weekend will be a true test for…

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Kyrie Irving showing regular season headaches don’t matter

Kyrie Irving showing regular season headaches don’t matter

Jayson Tatum may have hit the decisive three-pointer and thrown down on Bojan Bogdanovic in the final minute of the fourth quarter, but there’s no question the Celtics walked out of Game 2 with a win because of Kyrie Irving. From start to finish, he was on another level offensively. In the first half, it looked like he was warming up for a new Uncle Drew video, each shot more high-arcing than the next. He was efficient again in the…

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Kyrie Irving the hero in Celtics' Game 2 win over the Pacers

Kyrie Irving the hero in Celtics' Game 2 win over the Pacers

The Celtics now have a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 series after topping the Pacers, 99-91, Wednesday night at TD Garden. (For a complete recap, click here.) After trailing the Pacers throughout the entire third quarter, the Celtics chipped away at a 10-point deficit in the final frame before eventually pulling away. Kyrie Irving’s 8-0 run against the Pacers granted the Celtics their first lead of the second half, 86-82 with 5:25 left to play before Indiana caught fire from…

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Marcus Smart talks about his injury (oblique), far from setting a return date

Marcus Smart talks about his injury (oblique), far from setting a return date

For the first time since suffering from last week’s torn left oblique, Marcus Smart gave reporters an update following Tuesday afternoon’s practice at The Auerbach Center. Smart revealed what he experienced last week against the Magic, when he ran into Orlando’s big man Nikola Vucevic before he left the game, reentered and then checked himself back out when he collapsed to the floor a second time. “I’ve been hit multiple times in the same area, and literally it’s just a…

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The advice Kyrie Irving gave Jaylen Brown after a technical foul in Game 1

The advice Kyrie Irving gave Jaylen Brown after a technical foul in Game 1

Game 1 between the Celtics and Pacers was a physical matchup from start to finish.  Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, along with Pacers head coach Nate McMillan, expected to see the same level of physicality that we saw between the two teams in their final two regular season matchups but in the final four minutes of the Celtics’ 84-74 win, tempers boiled over between Jaylen Brown and Bojan Bogdanovic. After battling through a screen, Brown shoved Bogdanovic and earned himself…

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Kyrie Irving all smiles after Celtics playoff debut

Kyrie Irving all smiles after Celtics playoff debut

Kyrie Irving had plenty of reasons to smile after Game 1 of the Celtics’ best-of-7 series against the Pacers. For starters, the All-Star point guard played in his first playoff game in two years, first as a member of the Celtics. Another reason? Well, taking a 1-0 lead is the obvious one, Boston protected home court advantage — something they fought hard for throughout the final eight games of the regular season.  However, the biggest reason Irving was all smiles…

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NBA Playoffs: Celtics dominate defensively in win over Pacers

NBA Playoffs: Celtics dominate defensively in win over Pacers

Had Brad Stevens not pulled the Celtics impact players in the closing minutes of Game 1 the Pacers might have set a new record for fewest points scored in the second half of an NBA playoff game. The Pacers mustered up 29, so the Utah Jazz still hold the record with 23 second-half points in Game 3 of the 1998 NBA Finals. It’s an obscure stat, though representative of the Celtics performance on the defensive end in their 84-74 win…

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Boston Celtics beat Indiana Pacers to take 1-0 series lead

Boston Celtics beat Indiana Pacers to take 1-0 series lead

It certainly wasn’t the prettiest game, but the Celtics pulled away from the Pacers in the third quarter and cruised to an 84-74 win Sunday afternoon at TD Garden to take a 1-0 series lead. Marcus Morris had 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench, while Kyrie Irving also had 20 points to go along with seven assists. The Celtics’ stifling defense held Bojan Bogdanovic to 12 points and the rest of the Pacers starters each to single digits. Check…

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Celtics 84, Pacers 74: Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris lead Celtics in playoff opening win

Celtics 84, Pacers 74: Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris lead Celtics in playoff opening win

The Celtics topped the Pacers in their playoff opener Sunday afternoon, 84-74, and grabbed a 1-0 lead in its best-of-7 series.  Marcus Morris did his best Marcus Smart impression of bringing energy from the moment he checked in. Morris’ 10 points in five minutes sparked the Celtics’ offense, scoring half of Boston’s 20 first-quarter points.  However, the story of the game was the Celtics’ start to the second half — where they held Indiana scoreless for over four minutes in…

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How Celtics stars can improve heading into NBA playoffs

How Celtics stars can improve heading into NBA playoffs

By Mateo Aycardi The Celtics are back in the playoffs with an incredible opportunity in front of them. While each member of this team has taken a step forward in their quest to become a better player, there are still several attributes to be worked on in order to be the best that they can be. While some may thrive with minor tuning and adjustments, others could see dramatic changes as the best course of action. Here’s one thing each…

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