After another IN turnover to give the Celtics back the ball with 5.7 left, Pacers guard Tyreke Evans fouled Gordon Hayward with 3.6 showing left to send him to the free-throw line. This will be just the fourth Game 2 since 2005 featuring two teams that shot less than 40% from the field in Game 1. It may not be Turner's fault directly that Bogdanovic and other Pacers are struggling, but he isn't taking more shots than usual when the Pacers face Boston. And it has been particularly red-hot on its A-rated National Basketball Association picks against the spread, entering Week 27 on a strong 77-62 run.
Strategies can be questioned, and they were in the Pacers' locker room, and the dispersal of playing time can be debated, as it always is.
"Tonight gives us confidence but anything can happen on the road", Irving said. The Boston Herald's Mark Murphy cited stat guru Dick Lipe on Wednesday night, in highlighting perhaps the most notable aspect of the Celtics' show of resilience.
Horford had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in Boston's Game 1 win on Sunday.
Harden had 32 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as the Rockets led from the start to record a straightforward win.
The Pacers went into the game with the intention of trapping Irving more. Still though, no matter how good its defense is in this game, in needs to find a way to put some points on the board.
"It's just been a long journey", Irving said. Bogdanovic dropped 23 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.
Coming out of a timeout and with a chance for IN to tie, the Pacers' Wesley Matthews threw an inbounds pass into the bench on the other side of the court with 12.1 seconds left.
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Russia, which the report branded as another "pioneer of repression", continued to slide down the table to 149th place. Instead, it is Turkmenistan that has captured the bottom spot this year.
While Boston struggled to find chemistry at times during the regular season, they secured a 3-0 lead over IN with a 104-96 victory over the Pacers on Friday.
The model is also well aware that Boston has the x-factor in this series.
If the Celtics can limit Bogdanovic, Indiana simply doesn't have many answers.
Oladipo hasn't appeared publicly in Bankers Life Fieldhouse since he was wheeled off the court on a stretcher with a ruptured quad tendon in his right knee In January.
Pacers: "It comes down to the third quarter".
Meanwhile, Irving has terrorized Indiana's vaunted defense.
IN eventually retook the lead after back-to-back threes by Bojan Bogdanovic, only for the Celtics to close the game on a 10-0 run and secured a 99-91 win. All four teams have their fair share of factions in the media who believe the Celtics OR 76ers OR Raptors OR Bucks have the strongest shot to reach the Finals, but Colin believes there really is only one player who will decide that and it's not the guy who will likely win the MVP... And which side of the spread can you bank on in over 50 percent of simulations? "When you have that kind of mentality, you don't need to be fixated on mistakes".