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BBNBA: Isaiah Jackson and Pacers fall to the Celtics, go down 3-0

On3 imageby:Adam Stratton05/26/24

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As much as the Western Conference playoffs have been a battle with 20-point comebacks, Game 7s, and sometimes 20-point comebacks in Game 7s, the Eastern Conference has been an absolute cakewalk for the Boston Celtics. Injuries to opposing stars have been a big reason why.

In the first round, they took on the Miami Heat, who were without their star, Jimmy Butler. They took care of business 4-1. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, The Cs faced off against the Cleveland Cavaliers who were without Jarrett Allen and Donovan Mitchell for multiple games. They won that series 4-2, as they took the final two games with ease with no Mitchell on the court.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, they are once again taking on a team without their best player. The Pacers ruled out Tyrese Haliburton for Game 3 on Saturday due to a left hamstring injury. His status for Game 4 is also in serious doubt.

Even with no Haliburton, the Pacers made a game of it, holding a 12-point lead at halftime and a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter. However, the better team with healthier stars eventually came out on top, 114-111.

To be fair, Boston has been without a pretty good player in their own right, Kristaps Porzingis. The 7-foot-2-inch unicorn hasn’t played since April 11 due to a right calf ailment but is quickly nearing a return.

Former Kentucky Wildcat, Isaiah Jackson, mustered just two points, five rebounds, and a block in the Game 3 loss. He and his teammates will need to play out of their minds to avoid the sweep on Monday.

Tonight in the NBA Playoffs

Western Conference Finals | Game 3 | DAL leads 2-0
8:00 (TNT): Timberwolves (Towns) @ Mavericks (Washington)

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