Boston, MA– After an extremely low-scoring 84-74 victory for the Boston Celtics over the Indiana Pacers in game one of the first round of the NBA post-season, the defense of the Celtics was never in doubt, but there were definite concerns about the way the offense would play, especially since they were so stymied by the Pacers. These questions still remain, but recent outcomes have at least left some Celtics fans reassured. The Celtics followed up their game one victory with a come from behind win in game two by a score of 99-91.
After the Pacers took an 11 point lead over the Celtics into the fourth quarter, the comeback was on as the Celtics ratcheted up their defense to another level and worked on the Pacers to force a host of missed shots, leading to the Celtics outscoring their opponents 31-12 in the fourth quarter. It did not come easy, but by putting the pressure on the Pacers and forcing missed shots and turnovers, the Celtics were able to pull off the win in a defense led by Al Horford's exceptional efforts. Horford also led the game in rebounds with ten.
On the offensive side of things, most of the Celtics stepped aside and allowed the game to become the Kyrie Irving show as he led the game in points, with 37, and in assists, with seven. Kyrie is the kind of talent that the Celtics need if they want to hang tough in the post-season, and his 60% three point shooting in 39 minutes played last night was the result of an elite talent.
Neither win was pretty in round one, but the Celtics still managed them. Now, they're one of the closest teams to round two in the entire league. If they make it that far, Boston might have a hard time against some other more capable teams than Indiana, but for now the objective is to defeat the Pacers. The next chance for a win comes tomorrow night on the road for the Celtics.