A turning point for Jimmy Butler and Jason Tatum in the final of Heat-Celtics East – Reading Eagles
The series began with Jimmy Butler claiming the right to foul, and the Miami Heat claiming early leadership in those Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.
With Butler 17 of 18 free throws in Game 1, Heath set the tone.
The pace was theirs, they had enough time to then adjust their defenses.
Before the 2nd game the bet was more even, only a late flurry of free throws made by Victor Oladip, a few evenings was in the accounting report in this heat loss.
Ever since Butler was confined to a sore knee?
Game 3: Celtics 30 free throws, 14 races.
Game 4: Celtics 38, Race 14.
For his part, Butler went on the road after losing Monday night to 102-82 in Game 4 at TD Garden.
“I think we just need to be more physical,” he said when the Heat drew attention to the 5th game on Wednesday at 8:30 pm at the FTX Arena. “If you shoot a lot of throws in the jumps, that’s what we tend to do [Monday], it is difficult to get to the free throw line. I think we need to be a stronger team, get into the paint, not shy away from contacts and play from the inside.
“Every time we do it and don’t shoot so many jumpers, we can get killed a little bit.”
Aladipa thought he should think of something else.
“I think sell it more,” he said with a smile. “Keep attacking and putting pressure on them and the judges.
“Hopefully we will be able to get some of these calls. But you just have to keep working better with everyone on both ends of the floor. “
During the regular season, “Hit” averaged 21.4 free throws per game, ranking 19th in the NBA, and “Celtics” – 24th and 20.9.
In the playoffs, “Hit” ranks 12th among 16 teams in the number of free throws per game, “Celtics” – seventh.
For the Heat, when it comes to the foul line, it’s often a boom or bump with Butler. And without his rupture due to a sore right knee, his shortened Game 3 had just two free throws, and none on Monday night in Game 4.
Tatum, by contrast, was 14 of 16 from the line on Monday in his 31-point game. And this, in turn, allowed the Celtics to adjust their defenses.
“He was able to get into the gaps, get corners and make fouls,” Heath coach Eric Spoelstra said of the Celtics star. “It was the hardest part. He managed to get into a good rhythm just by seeing the ball go from the free throw line.
“It wasn’t like the explosions he had after some defeats earlier in the playoffs. It was more about living on the free throw line and being able to get us out of position. “
Center Bam Adebayo said it was now Heath’s turn to turn the foul scenario, and neither team had yet been able to win in a row in the first four games of the series.
“I think we just need to do more paint,” he said after his passive game 4, which included only five shots: “Find out what they call the game and adapt to it.”
That’s what Tatum did in Boston’s victory in Game 4 of the Equilibrium Series.
“They’re really pushing our guys around the perimeter, so sometimes you just have to disrupt the game, be aggressive and go down,” said Celtics coach Name Udok. “I did it from the beginning. Then they went to smaller warehouses where they didn’t have much rim protection, so we really tried to get to the paint, attack. And obviously getting 14 or 16 free throws for him is huge. “
Tatum said his path to the line was created by force.
“I think I’m just aggressive, right?” he said. “Obviously since the last game, whether it was from me, the teammates in defense, just had a different surge of energy for me, and it led to free throws and finding other guys for open kicks and the like.”