"Everyone loves to make their predictions after that Game 1".
Jayson Tatum finished with 15 points. "I just really want to be aggressive and really be the head of the snake".
The Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games, 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. Irving had eight points, attacking the rim to get to the free throw line while also dishing out three assists.
The 12 points in the opening 12 minutes marked Morris's highest scoring output in any quarter this season.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Pacers coach Nate McMillan both said before the series that the more physical team would have the edge.
"He's a very good 3-point shooter, we know that, " Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said.
Bird, the "Hick from French Lick" was one of the most dominant players of his era, routinely leading the Boston Celtics to the NBA Finals where he would win three times and win three consecutive NBA MVP awards. Game 1 will give us a good look at the individual matchups that will define the series but, on paper, nearly all of them go in the Celtics favor.
After two more turnovers and two more missed shots, making the Pacers 0-for-11 at that point with five turnovers, Joseph finally dropped in a layup with 3:28 left in the period for the Indiana's first basket of the half.
"I just tried to enter the game and stay aggressive, " Morris said.
IN made just one more basket in the quarter - a layup by Doug McDermott - and finished the period with just eight points, getting outscored 26-8. "Those shots fall in Game 2, we're talking about a different game".
Boston opened the third quarter with a 22-3 run to take a 60-48 lead.
The 74 points allowed were three fewer than the Celtics gave up to Chicago in their regular-season low. "I thought we lost a little confidence". The Celtics never really got going offensively, but they never really needed to in a double-digit victory. Those happen to be Indiana Pacers colors as well, but it was all green on Sunday at the start of what Celtics fans hope is a long postseason run. "That game looked like a 1980s playoff game in a lot of ways with the score".