The picture-perfect moment capped a successful Game 1 for the elder Morris, who scored 20 points in a postseason game for just the third time in his Celtics career. The Celtics did fall 11 points behind early, but this game never felt entirely out of reach until it was Boston in control.
After Boston's Jaylen Brown pushed Bojan Bogdanovic in the back on a drive to the basket with 3:20 to play, the two exchanged some not-so-nice words that resulted in Brown being whistled for the personal foul and a technical foul by official Jim Capers. The Indiana Pacers have lost seven of their last nine road games.
It also was a good quarter for Morris, who led all players with 12 points in the first quarter. The 26-year-old guard's last post-season appearance was during the 2017 NBA Finals when the Cleveland Cavaliers went down in five games to the Golden State Warriors.
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Carter believes there will be huge 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. They may win that third game, but I think Boston wins four and five and somewhat easily moves on to the second round.
The Pacers had no answers at the offensive end of the floor in Game 1 of this series. Clearly, this team misses All-Star Victor Oladipo, who has been out for a long time.
The Pacers, seeded fifth in the East, missed their first seven shots of the second half and mixed in three turnovers as their seven-point lead turned into a 47-45 deficit before Myles Turner hit one of two free throws with 7:02 left in the period.
Points are going to be at a premium in this series, which works for the Pacers but someone has to make shots.
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A special guest joined Marcus Morris Sr. for his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon at TD Garden. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 11 rebounds. But Boston's start wasn't exactly inspiring.
Irving shot 6-for-17 from the field (35.3%) and 2-for-5 from beyond the arc (40.0%), yet still found other ways to make an impact while still leading the team in scoring despite the lack of efficiency. "To see the players that have done it before me and really idolize how successful they have been under those bright lights, it's something that you admire and want to be a part of", he added.