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Pacers links: Pacers focusing on missed shots and missed opportunity in Game 1

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The numbers reveal if the Pacers made a few more shots then Game 1 would’ve turned in their advantage. But how they executed to get those shots they missed was also a glaring factor.

Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics - Game One Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

The Pacers emerged from their Game 1 loss to the Celtics like a toothless threat to upend Boston, lacking the firepower to earn a tough road win.

The eight-point third quarter confirmed all of the widely held biases that the Pacers, by just making the playoffs without Victor Oladipo, are an earnest, feel-good story with no chance to actually win. The try-hard gang is admirable, but no threat to Boston.

However, in the Pacers locker room, the story sounded different. The third quarter collapse was simply a matter of poor shooting. Wesley Matthews summed up this view, according to J. Michael.

“We had some great looks in that third quarter,” Wesley Matthews said of their 2-for-19 effort in which the starters combined to score one point. “I don’t think if we played with eyes closed we could have that third quarter again.”

True, if you take a look at the overall numbers, if Bojan Bogdanovic and Doug McDermott were even 3 for 8 from three-land instead of 0 for 8, that 10-point deficit is down to one. Throw in a couple more free throw makes which would still give the Pacers a horrible percentage for the game, and their up two.

Sounds easy enough, no?

But don’t overlook the Celtics energy on defense appeared to make the Pacers uncomfortable, not to mention their ability to matchup with variations the Pacers tried. Once, again, the Turner and Sabonis minutes were a negative exercise against the Celtics (more on this from Caitlin soon). Flow and rhythm on offense help shooters make shots while stagnant, clogged up offense lead to clanks like we saw in the second half. Better execution leads to better shots and naturally, more makes.

The playoffs are about adjustments and the Pacers have plenty for to adjust heading into Game 2. At least they are staying positive in light of the clunker they put up on Sunday.

Check out the links:

Game Rewind: Pacers 74, Celtics 84 (Game 1) | Indiana Pacers

Pacers' Need for Game 2 is Simple: Shooting | Indiana Pacers

Postgame: Thaddeus Young Game 1 Press Conference - April 14, 2019 | Indiana Pacers

Postgame: McMillan Game 1 Press Conference - April 14, 2019 | Indiana Pacers

What can the Pacers do to beat the Celtics in Game 2? For every pro there's a con

Doyel: Pacers ride historically bad third quarter to playoff loss to Celtics

The only real opponent the Celtics have in this series is themselves - Boston Globe

Celtics match Pacers’ physicality in Game 1 win - CelticsBlog

Celtics vs. Pacers: Boston needs an ugly series like this - SBNation.com

One for the record books: Eight-point third quarter dooms Pacers in Game 1 loss to Celtics – The Athletic

Celtics' great defense vs. Pacers in Game 1 summed up in two crazy stats

Kyrie Irving is the head of the snake - CelticsBlog

Boston escaped a rock fight and some bad habits in Game 1 win