The fourth seed Boston Celtics will take on the fifth seed Indiana Pacers in the first round of the postseason. Here are the 5 keys to Boston winning.
The Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers spent much of the end of the regular season getting pretty familiar with each other. When it became clear that the Philadelphia 76ers were going to run away with the Eastern Conferences’s 3-seed, it became a dog fight between the four and five seeds to secure home-court advantage.
Eventually, Boston won out and will play, if needed, four of the seven games in front of the home crowd at the TD Garden. The two teams squared off against each other twice in the span of late March to early April, with Boston emerging victorious from both games.
With neither team exactly surging into the playoffs — Boston went 6-4 and Indiana 4-6 in their final ten games — they’ll both have to dig deep and rediscover what made each of them so potent at points in the regular season.
Here are Boston’s five keys to overcoming the disciplined play of the Pacers and winning the series.