The Celtics beat the Pacers 110-106 in Game 4 on Sunday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They completed the 4-0 sweep and will move on to the second round, where they will face the winner of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons. It’s likely going to be the top-seeded Bucks, who have a 3-0 lead themselves.
Here are four final takeaways and observations from Game 4.
— Gordon Hayward, not Kyrie Irving, is the closer. Kyrie took just one field goal attempt in the fourth quarter after checking in with 8:38 left, and missed it. His fourth quarter paled in comparison to that of Hayward, who scored 9 of his 20 points in the final six minutes of the game. Hayward shot a ridiculous 7-for-9 (77.8 percent) from the field in the win. He delivered the final dagger with a smooth three-pointer that put the C’s up 10 with just 1:04 left in regulation.
— Marcus Morris huge off the bench. Morris led the team/finished second/third on the team with 18 points in 30 minutes off the bench. He added 8 rebounds, seven of which came at the defensive end. Between Morris, Hayward, and Terry Rozier, the Celtics’ bench scored a whopping 49 points.
— Turnovers not in a real factor in this series, but could be in the next one. Ball-handling and passing problems cropped up in pockets throughout the series. But once again, it didn’t matter. Despite committing 15 turnovers to Indiana’s 11, the Celtics’ sheer talent advantage won out and they’re moving on. Only five turnovers in the second half and one in the fourth quarter. They’ll definitely have to clean it up for a full 48 minutes against Milwaukee, though.
— Horford carries the third. Al Horford’s shooting wasn’t perfect, but he led the way for the Celtics in a tightly contested third quarter with 7 points and 6 rebounds. In a quiet quarter for Jayson Tatum (0 points) and a warm-up for Kyrie Irving (4 points), Horford was a bright spot and a catalyst for the Celtics holding a one-point lead after three.
Recap: First Half Takeaways
— Myles Turner is a problem. The Pacers’ mountain of a center blocked 2 shots in the first half. He denied Jaylen Brown driving the lane and got a hand on an Al Horford jump-shot in the first quarter. He also scored 8 points, including a thunderous dunk on Gordon Hayward, and pulled down 4 rebounds as Indiana’s biggest (literally) matchup nightmare. If they’re able to keep this series alive, Turner will be a major reason why.
— Hot start squandered. The Celtics jumped out to an 8-0 advantage to start the game and the Pacers didn’t score until 2:31 in. But from there Indiana went on a 13-0 run to take the lead back, as the C’s went 4:09 without a field goal. For the second time in the series, the Pacers led after one.
— Celtics build lead without aid of Kyrie. Terry Rozier filled in very nicely with 7 points as Kyrie Irving spent the first 5:10 on the bench in the second quarter. The C’s held a 36-28 lead when he checked in.
— Pacers keep it close with perimeter defense. Indiana defenders closed tightly on the Celtics and often kept them at bay while they searched for a good three-point shot. Those rarely came as the C’s went just 3-for-15 (20 percent) from downtown. The Pacers’ play at that end was a big factor in their two-point lead at the half.
Check back soon to get the complete schedule for the Celtics in their next series. It appears it’s only a matter of time until the Bucks move on themselves.
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