View Poll Results: The Celtic player who worries me the most in this series is:

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  • Paul Pierce

    13 46.43%
  • Antoine Walker

    4 14.29%
  • Raef LaFrentz

    4 14.29%
  • Gary Payton

    1 3.57%
  • Ricky Davis

    6 21.43%
  • Other (please specify)

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Thread: 04/23/2005 Playoff Game Thread: Pacers vs Celtics - Game 1 (1st Round)

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    Freddie must stop jumping into the air while attempting to pass the ball. It results in a turnover most of the time.

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    Agreed, agreed. Goodbye game one.
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    Default Re: 04/23/2005 Playoff Game Thread: Pacers vs Celtics - Game 1 (1st Round)


    FINAL TEAM STATISTICS
    -----------------------Pacers----------Celtics
    FG%---------------------34.8------------51.4
    3PT%--------------------50.0------------55.6
    FT%---------------------83.3------------64.0
    Turnovers---------------22--------------11
    Fast Break---------------2--------------11
    Biggest Lead-------------8--------------36
    Unanswered Pts-----------2---------------2
    Points in the Paint-----22--------------40
    Offensive Rebounds------12---------------4
    Defensive Rebounds------31--------------29


    Game Recap
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/recap?gid=2005042302

    • Boston 102, Indiana 82

      By HOWARD ULMAN, AP Sports Writer
      AP - Apr 23, 10:40 pm EDT

      BOSTON (AP) -- Raef LaFrentz connected from the outside, his teammates dominated inside and the Boston Celtics ran all over the Indiana Pacers.

      LaFrentz set a club playoff record by hitting all five of his 3-pointers and the scrappy Celtics rolled over the slower Pacers 102-82 Saturday night in their playoff opener.

      Boston will host Game 2 on Monday night in the best-of-seven rematch of its first-round series the past two years. Last season, Indiana swept the series, with an average winning margin of 14.2 points.

      On Saturday night, it was the Celtics who got the lopsided victory after a horrible start in which they missed 12 of their first 13 shots and trailed 12-6. But they hit 20 of their 31 shots the rest of the half, outscored the Pacers 39-11 in the second quarter and led 57-31 at intermission.

      The closest Indiana came after that was 99-81 on Eddie Gill's layup with 2:45 to play.

      LaFrentz led the Celtics with 21 points and broke the record for 3-pointers set by Scott Wedman in Game 1 of the 1985 NBA finals, won by the Los Angeles Lakers. Gary Payton had 14 points and Antoine Walker and Ricky Davis added 13 each.

      Boston outscored Indiana 40-22 in the lane.

      The Pacers were led by Stephen Jackson with 25 points and Austin Croshere with 10. Reggie Miller, who plans to retire after this season, and Jermaine O'Neal had only seven each for Indiana, which went to the Eastern Conference finals last year before losing to eventual NBA champion Detroit.

      The second-quarter surge was led by Boston's second team of Davis, Mark Blount, second-year guard Marcus Banks and rookies Al Jefferson and Delonte West. Coach Doc Rivers has been playing them together and it paid off.

      They began the quarter on the court and turned a 20-18 deficit into a 41-24 lead before West was replaced by Paul Pierce.

      The Pacers' frustration boiled over when they were charged with two technical fouls within 47 seconds. Coach Rick Carlisle got one with 3:54 left and Boston leading 45-26, and Miller picked up the other with 3:07 to go and the score 51-26. Both were assessed after foul calls.

      The Celtics' aggressive defense forced steals that unleashed their running game that continued when they started the third quarter with a 19-8 surge. That gave them their biggest lead, 76-39 with 5:59 left in the period on consecutive 3-pointers by LaFrentz and Walker.

      LaFrentz hit his last 3-pointer with 2:46 left, making it 83-49 and sat out the entire fourth quarter.

      Notes

      The series marked the first time in NBA history that the same teams faced each other in the first round. The Celtics won in 2003 and lost in 2004. ... Payton spent the last few minutes of the game on the bench with his son on his lap. ... Pacers president and former Celtics great Larry Bird was greeted with chants of ``La-reee! La-reee!'' when he took his seat a few rows behind Indiana's bench just before the game began. ... Kelly Clarkson, winner in the first season of ``American Idol,'' sang the national anthem. ... Boston's 27-14 home record was its best in its 10 seasons at the FleetCenter. ... Indiana point guard Jamal Tinsley is on the playoff roster but didn't play after missing the last 29 games with a bruised left foot.

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