The keys to the Celtics’ victory in Game 4

The keys to the Celtics’ victory in Game 4
The keys to the Celtics’ victory in Game 4

May 27, 2024, 11:22 PM ET

As in Games 1 and 3, the Boston Celtics showed off their defensive efficiency in the final minutes to reach their third NBA Finals after sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals by winning Game 4.


As in Games 1 and 3, Boston Celtics showed off their defensive efficiency in the final minutes to reach their third NBA finals after sweeping in the Eastern Conference finals to the Indiana Pacers by winning the Game 4 by 105-102.

Indiana was closer than ever to winning the game that would have extended the series to a Game 5 to be held at TD Garden on Wednesday, but the Pacers’ intensity was not enough despite having control of the second half and a maximum lead of nine points at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

These are the keys to the Celtics’ victory in Game 4.

1.- Final minutes. Pacers played intensely and went ahead on the scoreboard; However, the 3:30 minutes left in the game allowed Celics to turn the score around to be crowned champions of the Eastern Conference.

The difference in those 3:30 minutes was the 7 points against 0 for the Pacers as a result of a 3-7 in field goals compared to Indiana’s 0-4 and a 1-4 from the arc for Boston compared to its rival’s 0-2 .

2.- Jaylen Brown. The shooting guard had a series of great value for Boston and was precisely named Eastern Conference Finals MVP.

During Game 4 he had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals.

At the end of the 4 games, Jaylen Brown He ended up contributing 119 points for Boston. His accomplice, Jayson Tatum, added a double-double of 26 points and 13 boards in Game 4.

Although Indiana dominated the points from the bench with 34 to only 10 for Boston, not all of the Pacers’ first basemen performed equally, while for the Celtics, 4 of their 5 starters left with double digits, except for Al Horford, who gave 7 points, but he captured 8 rebounds and gave 5 assists.

3.- Ball losses. One of the constants for both teams was turnovers, but Indiana was more affected in this aspect by losing 14 to Boston’s 11. It was the final intensity that tipped the balance in favor of the visitors who did not have their best night from the goal, going 14 of 44 and putting the victory at risk at times by abusing this resource and not finding the rim.

When is Game 1 of the NBA Finals?

The NBA Finals will begin on June 6 at the TD Garden with a rival that could be known today if the Dallas Mavericks sweep the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Western finals.

 
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