Pacers vs Celtics (Game 4)

Practice: Pacers Facing Must-Win Game 4

April 20, 2019 - After practice on Saturday, the Pacers talked about the mood of the team as they approach a do-or-die Game 4 with the Boston Celtics.

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Practice: Pacers Facing Must-Win Game 4

April 20, 2019 - After practice on Saturday, the Pacers talked about the mood of the team as they approach a do-or-die Game 4 with the Boston Celtics.
Apr 20, 2019  |  02:02

Game Preview: Pacers vs Celtics (Game 4)

Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM ET at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
by Greg Rappaport
Pacers.com Writer
@Greg_Rappaport

Matchup

Nothing is impossible, but the odds are certainly stacked up against the Pacers as they enter Sunday's Game 4 in a 3-0 hole to the Boston Celtics.

But with pride on the line, the Pacers will look to begin the climb against the Celtics in a series that has been closer than the 3-0 deficit shows.

The Pacers have had the lead during the second half in each of the three games, but in all three, a familiar foe has tormented Indiana: offensive droughts.

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During Game 1, an eight-point third quarter quickly wiped away a halftime lead. In Game 2, the Pacers were outscored 31-12 in the fourth frame, erasing what was a double-digit advantage. And in Game 3 on Friday, the third quarter again proved problematic, with the Pacers posting just 12 points as Boston gained control of the game.

"We just go on droughts where we are not making shots," said Thaddeus Young. "Shots are rattling in and out and we're not getting good looks that are within our offense."

Offensively, the Pacers got an impressive performance from Tyreke Evans, who nearly lifted the team to victory with a 19-point performance off of the bench, drilling 4-of-6 3-pointers.

Evans led the team in scoring in what was a balanced effort for the Pacers, who had seven players — including all five starters — reach double figures.

But the balance was not enough to overcome yet another incredible performance by Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, who followed up his 37-point Game 2 with a 19-point, 10-assist showing in Game 3.

History says the Pacers' chances of overcoming the 3-0 deficit aren't good. In NBA history, no team has ever managed to come back and win a series after trailing 3-0 (0-132). But those numbers don't matter to the Pacers, who are approaching Game 4 as if it were Game 1.

"There definitely won't be any quit in us," said Darren Collison. "We feel like it is still a series. I know it sounds foolish from outside looking in, being down 3-0, but from a mental standpoint in this locker room there won't be any quit."

Projected Starters

Pacers: PG - Darren Collison, SG - Wesley Matthews, SF - Bojan Bogdanovic, PF - Thaddeus Young, C - Myles Turner
Celtics: PG - Kyrie Irving, SG - Jaylen Brown, SF - Jayson Tatum, PF - Aron Baynes, C - Al Horford

Injury Report

Pacers: Victor Oladipo - out (right knee surgery)

Celtics: Marcus Smart - out (left oblique tear)

Last Meeting

April 19, 2019: Indiana once again showed it could hang with Boston, but endured another second-half shooting slump and came up short in a 104-96 loss at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

With the win, the Celtics took a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.

"It's our end-of-game execution, that's all it comes down to," Pacers center Myles Turner said. "We're playing good enough defense to win, but we've got to score."

Tyreke Evans led Indiana with 19 points off the bench in the loss — 15 of them coming in the first half — while Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 15 points, five rebounds, and four assists in the loss.

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 23 points, going 8-for-9 from the field and 4-for-5 from 3-point range. All-Star guard Kyrie Irving added 19 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds for Boston.

Noteworthy

  • The Pacers are looking to avoid a four-game sweep, something that's only happened to Indiana once in their NBA history (in the first round in 2017 vs. Cleveland).
  • Since beating Boston in their first meeting, the Celtics have had Indiana's number this season, winning six straight against the Pacers.
  • The Pacers have been outrebounded in all three games of the series.

Tickets

The Pacers aim to keep the series alive as they fight off elimination from Kyrie Irving and the Celtics in Game 4 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday, April 21 at 1:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: ABC - Mark Jones (play-by-play), Hubie Brown (analyst), Israel Gutierrez (sideline reporter)
Radio: 107.5 FM/1070 AM The Fan - Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Slick Leonard (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)
Please Note: Inside Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Pacers radio broadcasts can be heard on 1080 AM instead of 1070.

Gold Out

Game 4 is a Gold Out! Everyone in attendance will receive a gold T-shirt to wear while they support the Pacers.

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