The Indiana Pacers did not get off to a great start in the playoffs. With the team scoring a mere 74 points in their Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics, coach Nate McMillan knows they must come out firing in Game 2.
Not only that, but McMillan believes that in order for that to happen, his team must play through contact and compete with the physical Celtics.
“We gotta play through the contact,” McMillan recently said, per John Karalis of MassLive.com. “They were being physical with us defensively. They got two hands on our guys, and being physical. We gotta play through that. If the officials are going to allow that to happen, we gotta run through that contact, and we gotta play that way too. ”
Leading to the team’s Game 1 loss to the Celtics, the Pacers encountered quite the forgettable third quarter. They made just eight points in the period and finished the whole second half with only 29 markers.
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“They had a really good third quarter and we didn’t have a good third quarter,” Pacers forward Thaddeus Young added. “We took some really good shots and we just weren’t making them and that’s what was the outcome of the game.”
Luckily for Indiana, Game 1 can quickly become a thing of the past if the Pacers manage to somehow upend the Celtics in Boston come Game 2.