2019 ScheduleAll times ET

2019 Schedule
48-34, 2nd in Central

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Pacers coach Nate Nate McMillan summed it up pretty easily when talking about Game 4 on Sunday and with his team trailing Boston 3-0. "I've been asked a lot this season -- 'Is it a big game tomorrow?' Sunday is a big game. It's do or die for us. It's just simple as that; that's what we consider a big game." The Pacers haven't been out of the first round of the playoffs since the 2013-14 season.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

The stat of this series: the Pacers, according to ESPN Stats and Information, have gone 12-for-40 from the field through three games on uncontested shots. Sums up Indiana's offensive ineptitude, and Boston's 3-0 series lead.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Brad Stevens on Kyrie Irving's shotmaking: "That one little floater he made was a joke. He's ridiculous."

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

If the Pacers are going to win the series against the Celtics they're going to have to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 deficit. Boston took a 3-0 lead with a 104-96 victory on Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers came from 15 points down in the first half to lead by as many as five points in the third quarter, but as it's been too often since All-Star Victor Oladipo (leg) was lost for the season, they lacked a go-to scorer who could create his own shot. Guard Tyreke Evans came off the bench to score 19 points in 22 minutes. The Pacers shot 11-for-39 (28.2 percent) from the field in the second half. Game 4 is Sunday in Indianapolis

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Celtics win 104-96, and take a commanding 3-0 lead in this series. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics with 23 points, while Kyrie Irving had 19 points and 10 assists. Tyreke Evans has 19 points off the bench for the Pacers, who went 11-for-39 and committed seven turnovers in the second half.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

The Pacers have — to put it mildly — had their chances in this series. They are now 5-for-13 in the fourth quarter, and 10-for-36 in the second half. They'll leave thinking they could've won for the third straight game — but will be down 3-0 in the series.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Al Horford has only had two extremely short rest stints in this second half. Brad Stevens is clearly (and understandably) trying to put this series away tonight.

Sabonis feeds Matthews for 3 (0:24)

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Kyrie Irving checks back in with just under nine minutes to go, and the Celtics up by 6. Boston pushed the lead out by a couple points with him sitting, which is a win. Given how Indiana's offense has again fallen apart, a multiple-possession deficit will be tough to make up.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The third quarter was a slow one - again - for the Pacers. They were only 6-of-22 from the field, which is a major reason why they went from leading by two points at halftime to trailing by seven, 80-73, heading into the final quarter. Boston has a 2-0 lead in the series.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

In the third quarter, the Celtics went 7 for 24, and the Pacers went 5 for 23, getting this series right back on brand. Boston goes to the fourth with an 80-73 lead. We'll see if they can do what they did not on multiple occasions last year, and take a 3-0 lead in this series.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

The Pacers went 2 for 19 from the field in the third quarter in Game 1. They went 4 for 17 in the fourth quarter in Game 2. They are now 4 for 19 in the third quarter in Game 3. Fortunately for them, the Celtics are 6 for 20.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Five minutes into the second half, the Celtics are 2 for 10, and the Pacers are 1 for 8. This looks much more like the first two games of this series than the first half's track meet did.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyreke Evans and Thad Young combined for 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting in the second quarter. The 20 points by the two outscored the entire Celtics team

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pacers trailed by as many as 15 points and gave up 11 3-pointers, but they head into halftime with a 61-59 lead behind Tyreke Evans' 15 points in just 11 minutes off the bench. The Celtics and Pacers are both shooting 55 percent from the field.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Wild half here in Indy, where the Pacers trailed 52-40 before closing the half on a 21-7 to make it 61-57 Indiana at halftime. Both teams are shooting 55 percent from the field - a marked departure from the rock fights they engaged in back in Boston in Games 1&2.

Sabonis finds Young for dunk (0:16)
Evans cruises for layup after steal (0:19)

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

Tyreke Evans has brought a spark to the Pacers off the bench. He has 12 points in just nine minutes. This is the closest the Pacers have been in the game since early in the first quarter, 52-47.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

After two games where neither team did much scoring, both can't miss in the first half here tonight in Game 3. Boston is shooting 63 percent, while Indiana - which has cut a 13-point deficit to 5 here in the second quarter - is at 56 percent, including 6-9 from 3.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

Celtics lead 41-28 after one here in Indy. Boston finished the first quarter 16-24 overall and 8-10 from 3. Jaylen Brown already has 12 points to lead the Celtics, and has gone 4-4 from the field (including 3-3 from 3).

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

The Pacers just summed up the first quarter for them when Doug McDermott fouled Jaylen Brown on 3-pointer in the final seconds of the quarter. Pacers trail 41-28 after Boston went 8-of-10 on 3-pointers in the opening quarter.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

The Celtics are now an absurd 14/19 from the field - including 6/7 from 3! - and are winning 34-22 late in the first. Scary for Indiana: the Pacers are shooting 53 percent from the field themselves and still getting run off the court.

Mike Wells ESPN Staff Writer 

A technical on Boston's Jayson Tatum and 3-pointer in the corner from Myles Turner has brought some life back in the Pacers. They're within eight, 29-21, with 3:24 left in the first quarter. Celtics are shooting a blistering 70.6 percent so far in the game.

Team Stats

Points Per Game108.022nd
Rebounds Per Game43.024th
Assists Per Game26.09th
Points Allowed104.71st

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2018-194834.585
2017-184834.585
2016-174240.512
2015-164537.549
2014-153844.463