TD GARDEN — Celtics guard Kyrie Irving credited the Celtics defense for their game 1 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
KYRIE IRVING ON CELTICS TAKING A PUNCH GOING DOWN EARLY:
“We just had to turn that page. It’s the next-play mentality. We weren’t sure, or we weren’t doing the right things, but it’s a series. So we come out, any time in the game, runs can happen. Anyone can come in and make an impact, and it just doesn’t have to be on the offensive end. Defensively, we all can be in the right spots for each other and really impact and manage the game the way we want to and control the pace.
“We know how physical they’re going to be. We know that they’re going to reach down, they’re going to slap down. They have incredible defenders on their team. They use their length very well. They control the paint. And those guys are very communicative. So we’ve just got to do the right things.
“But getting all those jitters out for the first game, I’m always happy just to get the feel-out game out of the way. … Now you can really see where you can improve and where you can take advantage of weak spots.”
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