- Brian James
ESPN Insider Brian James provides a scouting report update. To read his previous scouting report on this series, click here.
Keys in Game 4
Celtics: The Boston Celtics romped to a 110-79 victory over the host Indiana Pacers on Saturday to tie this series at 2-2. The Celtics were insistent on running to speed up the tempo, making open shots, and defending the strengths of the Pacers in Reggie Miller and Jermaine O'Neal. The Celtics neutralized Miller and O'Neal by using a smaller, quicker, and better-shooting team; it was a lineup fashioned out of necessity because of Antoine Walker's suspension for making contact with a game official in the Celtics' Game 3 loss. Coach
Doc Rivers went with the unconventional starting lineup that put Paul Pierce as the equivalent of the power forward in a three-guard offense. Pierce scored inside and outside, accumulating 23 first-half points. The Celtics shot close to 57 percent from the floor overall and got transition scores from Ricky Davis, timely 3-point shots by Delonte West and impressive inside scores from Tony Allen.
As Reggie Miller goes, so go the Pacers. If the Celtics can duplicate their Game 4 defensive job on Miller, they can take control of this series.