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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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Marcus Smart’s absence makes matching Indiana’s physicality a greater challenge for Celtics

Marcus Smart’s absence makes matching Indiana’s physicality a greater challenge for Celtics

An Indiana Pacers team without Victor Oladipo can only create so many issues for the Boston Celtics in a one-and-done matchup. If you turn the affair into a seven-game series and provide the Celtics home-court advantage, then a Boston series win becomes more of a lock than Captain America dying at the end of Avengers: Endgame. But this will not be the same Celtics team that blew out the Pacers in their last meeting or the one that won a…

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Gordon Hayward sets postseason goals for himself in blog post

Gordon Hayward sets postseason goals for himself in blog post

Gordon Hayward has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time.  Sunday afternoon will be Hayward’s first playoff game as a member of the Celtics. Ahead of Game 1 against the Pacers, he penned a blog post Friday and discussed the highs and lows of the regular season while also talking about expectations he’s set for himself in the postseason.  “Personally, I feel like I’m peaking at the right time,” Hayward said. “It’s been a slow build up process…

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Marcus Smart injury: Brian Scalabrine says it won't affect wins and losses vs. Pacers

Marcus Smart injury: Brian Scalabrine says it won't affect wins and losses vs. Pacers

The Celtics got some bad news this week when it was revealed Marcus Smart will miss 4-6 weeks with an oblique injury, but according to NBC Sports Boston’s Brian Scalabrine, it shouldn’t impact things too much in Round 1 against the Pacers. “Probably not the first round,” he said Friday on Dale & Keefe. “It will affect the game, it will affect the play, it will affect their spirit, but I can’t see it actually affecting wins. If Victor Oladipo was…

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We have the Celtics' first-round schedule against the Indiana Pacers

We have the Celtics' first-round schedule against the Indiana Pacers

The Celtics’ postseason run remains a mystery, particularly with the news that at least the first part of it will be without Marcus Smart due to his oblique injury. One thing, however, that is no longer uncertain is the first-round schedule. The Celtics will open up their best-of-seven series against the Pacers at TD Garden Sunday at 1 p.m. Here is the rest of the first-round slate: Game 2: Wed., April 17 at TD Garden, 7 p.m. Game 3: Fri.,…

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