The All-Star guard's first half didn't go as planned, scoring just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting with only two assists, but Irving didn't let that diminish his entire game.
As the first half wore on, there were plenty of people inside TD Garden wondering if the Celtics would find a way to generate momentum.
Carter believes there will be vast pressure on Irving going into the playoffs, but backs the six-time NBA All-Star to take it on and affect games and quarters like he did during the regular season. "Even if the Celtics follow up a lackluster season with a lackluster postseason, Kyrie will personally be on a mission to make sure his stats look good", Carter said on "First Things First". The absence of Smart, who is out for several more weeks because of an oblique injury, loomed large; the Celtics, playing without one of the league's best perimeter defenders and one of its most fiery competitors, looked a step slow and oddly disengaged.
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.
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"We come out, any time in the game, runs can happen, anyone can come in and make an impact".
The Pacers had no answers at the offensive end of the floor in Game 1 of this series. "I just really want to be aggressive and really be the head of the snake". We know that they're going to reach down, they're going to slap down.
While his team was able to recover from a dismal start, Stevens said the Pacers' defense deserved credit for making things hard on them throughout the game.
The Pacers may not have home court advantage, but they are going to be very tough to beat when they play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They control the paint. "I've been training and being a professional since I was 16 years old, just really dedicating myself to the game, sacrificing a lot of my time with family and friends to be able to have a shot at the gold trophy". "Now you can really see where you can improve".
IN then missed two more shots before Cory Joseph connected on two foul shots at the 5:27 mark.
Before the 2018-19 season started, the Celtics were the heavy favorite to win the Eastern Conference.