Pacers Seek Redemption on Home Turf in Game 3 vs. Celtics

The Indiana Pacers return to the welcoming confines of Gainbridge Fieldhouse for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, where they find themselves down 0–2. With an 11-game home winning streak and a perfect 6-0 record at home in the playoffs, the Pacers hope to repeat their Eastern Conference Semifinals comeback against New York.

But the Boston Celtics, who have a perfect 4-0 away record in the playoffs, are a difficult opponent. On Saturday night, something has to give.

Tyrese Haliburton, the All-Star guard, is the main doubt for Indiana after he left Game 2 due to a sore left hamstring. The Pacers would suffer a huge loss if he were to miss any time, as Haliburton has been averaging 18.7 points and 8.2 assists in the postseason.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle stated, “We hope this is a very short-term aggravation,” and that Haliburton’s condition will be assessed closer to game time.

In the event that Haliburton is restricted or unavailable, Pascal Siakam will be the Pacers’ main man. Siakam scored 28 points in a dominant effort in Game 2 on effective shooting. In addition, the Pacers have two competent point guards in T.J. McConnell and Andrew Nembhard, who have both displayed moments of brilliance during the postseason.

With a postseason career-high 40 points from Jaylen Brown, the Celtics won Game 2 126-110. The Pacers found it difficult to stop Boston’s offensive firepower despite Siakam’s heroics, especially during crucial runs in the second and third quarters.

The Pacers will take advantage of their home court advantage in Game 3 and hope that a healthy Haliburton can tie the series. Conversely, the Celtics will aim to keep up their momentum and open up a comfortable 3-0 lead.

Crucial Complement:

In Game 3, Siakam and Brown’s fight will be crucial. Brown’s scoring prowess and defensive tenacity will be critical for the Celtics, while Siakam’s offensive adaptability and ability to generate his own shot will be critical for the Pacers.


In Game 3, the Pacers’ home-court edge and desperation will be key factors. The Pacers have a chance to win if Haliburton plays. Even without Kristaps Porzingis, though, the Celtics are a small favorite due to their depth and strength on the road.

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