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Pacers Rick Carlisle snaps at reporter after loss to Celtics

Understandably, head coach Rick Carlisle was unhappy with his Indiana Pacers’ Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Pacers head coach, recalling how the team blew an eight-point lead with under three minutes to play in Saturday’s game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, fired back without listening to a reporter’s question to completion.

“I just rewatched the ending so I don’t need to remind you. I saw everything that happened,” Carlisle said. Interrupted“There were a lot of things I disagree with that I think any Indiana fan would disagree with.”

The reporter began to expand on this, but Mr. Carlisle again cut him off.

“Everything, everything that happened,” he said.


Rick Carlisle watches the first quarter of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics. Getty Images

The Pacers led by as many as 18 points at the end of the third quarter, but allowed the Celtics to make a comeback late in the game.

The comeback was capped off by a late July Holiday steal to give the Celtics a 112-111 lead, and they made two game-winning free throws to beat the Pacers, 114-111.


July Holiday had the deciding steal in Game 3.
July Holiday had the deciding steal in Game 3. NBAE via Getty Images

“The way I look at it, I guess I thought I was there before him,” Holiday said of stealing the ball from Andrew Nembard. “We were kind of chest-to-chest, and the ball went out. It just touched his left hand. Maybe I’m wrong and maybe I need to rewatch it, but I didn’t think there was much contact. But it all happened so fast.”

Game 4 will be played on Monday with the Celtics looking to win the series and win the Eastern Conference championship for the second time in the last three years.

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