"It's going to take a lot of discipline, a lot of commitment on our end".
Prior to the game, Pacers coach Nate McMillan talked about limiting Boston from the outset, when the Celtics often build a bit of a lead (which they then often fritter away). "It wasn't pretty. you've got to stay together, and you've got to grind it out".
Game 2 in the best-of-7 series is scheduled for Wednesday, also in Boston.
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.
By both the home team and the opposition.
"We didn't establish ourselves in that third quarter and the turnovers led to poor execution and missed some shots".
"I think what we were doing out there today was good for us", Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said. That third quarter was huge for them. "The guys on the other side are trying to win, too". "We were really playing hard".
Much was made after the game about Boston's defense in the second half as a whole - especially that third quarter - after in forgot how to score. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game.
"When we're in the trenches like that, just continue to get stops". If not for his first-half contributions, the game could have gotten ugly before halftime.
When Terry Rozier bombed in a 27-footer in the final second of the quarter, the Celtics took a 64-53 lead to the fourth period and never looked back. Tip from TD Garden is set for 7 p.m. ET. "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 results this weekend certainly confirmed that. "They turned up the intensity, we didn't respond to that". "It's the next-play mentality. We have to make our adjustments, come out of this game, and be ready to take him out next game". "I thought he played really big and strong".
"We know how physical they're going to be".
"They have incredible defenders on their team", Irving said. They use their length very well.
"I just try to be aggressive on the ball, be in the right spots", Irving said.
While you can totally win games with defense, I'd like to see Boston hit some shots in Game 2.
He led the scoring charge during the Celtics' ridiculous third quarter run where they held the Pacers to just two field goals in the frame.