Game 3 Preview: Celtics at Pacers

Game 3 Preview: Celtics at Pacers

Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo has received medical clearance from his doctor to travel from Miami and has a flight scheduled to attend Game 3 of the Pacers' first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics on Friday night, according to Scott Agness of The Athletic.

Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) controls the ball while center Aron Baynes (46) blocks Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) during the second half in game one of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden.

IN held a lead late in Game 2, but went scoreless for almost eight full minutes in the fourth quarter, a stretch during which the Celtics scored 16 straight points to flip an 82-70 deficit into a four-point lead. He didn't score his first points until the fourth, finishing with four points, 10 rebounds and four assists for the game.

Harden controlled the game from the start as the Rockets raced to a 39-19 lead after a first quarter where he scored just two points fewer than the Jazz. Horford opened the final period scoring on a hook shot in the lane and Tyreke Evans responded with a 3-pointer on Indiana's first possession.

Kyrie Irving poured in 37 points and Jayson Tatum hit the key hoops down the stretch for the Celtics in Game 2.

IN closed as a 7.5-point underdog.

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Game 3 is Friday in Indiana.

Tatum totaled 26 while Hayward added 13. Boston rallied in the second half of Game 1 to take an 84-74 victory Sunday afternoon. IN clearly misses Victor Oladipo at this point of the season.

That's not to say the Celtics and Pacers haven't been trying to win - IN is clawing to stay alive without Victor Oladipo IN its lineup, and the Celtics are hoping to take care of business quickly to start prepping for a likely showdown with Milwaukee and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

"Kyrie was incredible in coming back, and when he gets on a run like that, he's going to draw even more attention than he already draws, which is as much as anybody draws in the league", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

If there's any discomfort among the Celtics, it's that they've been here before.