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Celtics, Pacers unahan sa 1-0 lead


BOSTON — Sisimulan ng Celtics at Indiana Pa­cers ang kanilang Eastern Conference best-of-se­ven championship series tampok sina superstars Jayson Tatum at Tyrese Haliburton.

Sinibak ng Boston ang Cleveland Cavaliers sa Game Five, 4-1, habang tinakasan ng Indiana ang New York Knicks sa Game Seven, 4-3, sa kani-kanilang semifinals wars.

Gagamitin ng Pacers ang kanilang bilis para talunin ang Celtics sa series opener.

“I think slowly we’re changing the way of t­hinking in the NBA that playoffs you have to play slow,” sabi ni Haliburton. “And we’re able to just continue to be who we are.”

Pinamunuan ng I­ndiana ang NBA sa kanilang 123.3 points per game sa regular season, ang sixth-highest average sa league history, at nagtala ng isang record sa pag-iskor ng 140 points sa 11 pagkakataon.

“We were on a historic pace offensively, but to get where we are at this moment and where we want to get in this next round and in the future, what we were doing offensively was not sustainable,” ani coach Rick Carlisle.

Bukod naman kay Tatum ay sasandigan din ng Celtics si Jaylen Brown.

“Just be able to focus the mind on what matters because it’s easy to get distracted or eluded from what the overall goal and what the target is when you start to entertain kind of everything that’s going around you,” wika ni Brown.

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