Indiana Pacers vs Boston Celtics Game 1: Kristaps Porzingis out, final injury report, official starters May 21

The Pacers are in Boston for Game 1 tonight
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner warms up before Game 1 of the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Photo Credit: PacersSI)
Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner warms up before Game 1 of the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Photo Credit: PacersSI) /

The Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics kick off the 2024 Eastern Conference Finals tonight in TD Garden. The Celtics are the favorites in the series, but the sixth-seeded Pacers have already taken down two teams with better records in the postseason. They'll try to do it again.

Indiana has been rolling on offense in the playoffs while the Celtics slow pace and defense has cruised through two rounds. “They’re well coached, they have great pace,” Boston head coach Joe Mazzulla said of the Pacers before Game 1.

Here are the official starting lineups and injury reports for the action.

Indiana Pacers injury report

The Pacers will be missing Bennedict Mathurin (torn right labrum) tonight. His season is over.

Indiana Pacers starting lineup

Guard: Tyrese Haliburton

Guard: Andrew Nembhard

Forward: Aaron Nesmith

Forward: Pascal Siakam

Center: Myles Turner

This lineup was effective during the regular season, posting a plus-minus of +66 in 444 minutes. In the playoffs, they are +66 in 249 minutes — they have been great when things have gotten tougher.

Boston Celtics injury report

The Celtics listed Kristaps Porzingis (right soleus strain) and Xavier Tillman (personal reasons) as out.

Boston Celtics starting lineup

Guard: Derrick White

Guard: Jrue Holiday

Forward: Jaylen Brown

Forward: Jayson Tatum

Center: Al Horford

The big Conference Finals action will start in about half an hour. For more on Game 1, click here.


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